Chandigarh, May 20 UNI | 2 months ago

Bathinda MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal today criticised CM's Congress candidate Manpreet Singh Badal for finding fault with the party on whose symbol he contested and which was responsible for most of the 4.94 lakh votes polled by him.

In a statement here, Ms Badal said it was ironical that instead of thanking the Congress for the support extended by the party to his candidature, Mr Badal's kith and kin were finding fault with Congress leaders now.

She said simultaneously an effort was being made by him to project the mostly Congress vote share polled by him as the predominant vote share of the PPP.

"This is a ploy to revive the PPP which is virtually a defunct party with its cadre having abandoned Manpreet during the last two years".

Ms Badal said Mr Badal's bid to claim the 4.94 lakh votes polled by him as his alone by finding faults with the Congress legislators and "halqa incharges" was in keeping with his character.

"He is disowning a party which contributed a bare minimum of four lakh votes to his kitty".

Ms Badal said she was making this assertion based on the fact that the Congress had got four lakh votes at its lowest ebb in 2009 when its party candidate Raninder Singh lost the election by more than 1.20 lakh votes.

"If you take into account the 20,000 plus votes polled by the CPI in 2009 you will realise that Manpreet's PPP as well as SAD(Longowal) were able to stitch together only 70,000 odd votes by themselves in the current election", she added.

(Posted on 21-05-2014)