Manpreet says Cong not an alternative for him
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Last Updated: Sunday, October 17, 2010, 22:48
Jalandhar: Sacked Punjab Finance Minister and SAD MLA Manpreet Singh Badal on Sunday asserted he would never join the Congress saying the party could not be an alternative for him.

"I will never join the Congress. The party cannot be an alternative for me," he told reporters here.

Reaffirming his allegiance to the Shiromani Akali Dal, Manpreet said "I am an Akali and will always remain an Akali."

Yesterday, addressing his supporters on his home turf Gidderbaha in Muktsar district, he had said he was a born Akali and had no intentions to leave SAD.

Asked whether he would float a new party, Manpreet today said "everything will unfold with the passage of time."

The SAD legislator alleged his movements were being restricted by the Punjab government. Two days earlier, his former office was reportedly ransacked by some unidentified persons in high-security Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh.

Questioning his suspension from the party, he said "I want to know what indiscipline I had committed? Did I defy any party whip? What crime I had committed?"

Fortyeight-year-old Manpreet, nephew of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, was axed from the SAD-BJP government on October 13 following a raging row over Centre's reported debt waiver offer to the state.


First Published: Sunday, October 17, 2010, 22:48

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