Don't believe in Dera politics: Manpreet

Patiala: Peoples Party of Punjab President Manpreet Singh Badal on Wednesday said he did not believe in Dera politics and would not seek their votes.

"I am sure they (Dera heads) do not believe in such kind of politics and ask their followers to vote for particular party," he told reporters here.

"I do not think so that Punjab should pursue such kind of politics," he said.

Manpreet claimed that senior leaders of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and main Opposition Congress were in constant touch with him and would soon leave their respective parties to join his fold.

"They are ready to join my party but on the condition of getting tickets from their constituencies," he said.

He, however, clarified that he would not allot any party ticket without proper verification and recommendation by the concerned constituency people. "I have not yet assured any such leader for nomination."

Asked about the organisational setup of his party, Manpreet said it was a temporary setup and even he himself was a "temporary president of the party."

"Out of the total 30 lakh membership forms distributed, the PPP has enrolled 10 lakh members across the state in the last 10 days," he claimed.