Badal brushes AAP aside, brands Congress as their main opponent
(2 years ago)
Amritsar, Jan. 20 : Raising the pitch for the 2017 Assembly polls in Punjab, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday branded the Congress party as Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)'s main opponent while brushing the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) aside.
The AAP will be making its debut in the Punjab Assembly polls in 2017. Both Congress and SAD-BJP alliance have consistently maintained that AAP would be nowhere in the competition as they do not have any political base in the state.
"Not AAP but Congress is a threat to us in the forthcoming elections in Punjab," Sukhbir told ANI.
Recently, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's nephew Manpreet Badal joined the Congress after meeting party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
Speaking to ANI about Manpreet Badal's People's Party of Punjab (PPP)'s merger with the Congress, Sukhbir Badal said, "Manpreet Badal is a desperate man."
Manpreet, who was the state finance minister in 2010, quit the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal after differences cropped up between him and his uncle Parkash Singh Badal and cousin Sukhbir Singh Badal.