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Tide turning against Manpreet

Jangveer Singh

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 8

After months of ascendancy, the tide has turned against the Peoples’ Party of Punjab (PPP) and its leader Manpreet Singh Badal with the SAD not only keeping its flock together but also winning back leaders who gone over to the PPP camp.

Observers say the fact that the SAD has successfully conducted an operation to win back leaders who had gone over to Manpreet at a time when the latter is wooing NRIs in North America, proves the PPP has little stability in Manpreet’s absence.

Manpreet had earlier tried to brazen out the desertion of his former officer on special duty and a loyalist of 16 years standing, Charanjit Singh Brar, by not even reacting to the development. Similarly, Manpreet did not react to the defection of former MP and Hoshiarpur leader Varinder Singh Bajwa back to the SAD today. His party has now come out with a statement announcing the party’s organisational setup would be made public by the end of the year.

According to sources the PPP was not making its organisational setup public fearing prominent leaders might be lured back to the SAD. However, they say now the PPP does not seem to have any option with the deserters claiming Manpreet has packed the PPP core committee with his relatives. Party media coordinator Arunjot Sodhi today said the party setup would be finalised by this month after Manpreet’s return on August 17.

Taking a dig at the leaders who have left the PPP, Arunjot said opportunists with business intent in their minds would find no place in the party hierarchy.

Manpreet now has the support of three youth leaders, including his relative and former legislator Jagbir Singh Brar, former legislator Kushaldeep Dhillon and Gurpreet Bhatti. Sources said Manpreet might not get more youth leaders from either the SAD or the Congress in the coming days. Taking a cue from Manpreet who has been wooing the youth, both parties have announced that they would give tickets to youths in the coming assembly elections.

Tough times

Desertions in the PPP while Manpreet is wooing NRIs in the US

PPP to announce its organisational setup soon, say sources

SAD aggressively wooing back disgruntled leaders

Congress and the SAD decide to give more tickets to the youth, taking a cue from Manpreet


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