Parting Of Ways...
- Manpreet Badal, estranged nephew of Punjab CM Prakash Singh Badal, has launched the People’s Party of Punjab
- There was much public support for the March 27 launch
- This has set alarm bells ringing in the Akali Dal and the Congress
- Manpreet’s father Gurdas Badal has stood by Prakash Singh Badal. But as finance minister, Manpreet found it difficult to function under the CM and his son, Sukhbir, the deputy CM. So he branched out on his own.
When Manpreet Badal, estranged nephew of Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, launched the People’s Party of Punjab on March 27, the name he chose for the party was incidental. For Manpreet and his followers had already become well known in Punjab: they had come to be called the ‘jagowallahs’ from his four-month ‘Jago Punjab Yatra’, which covered all 117 assembly constituencies in the state and culminated in Khatkar...