Published October 31, 2012 | 12:47 pm
Chandigarh: The worries of People’s Party of Punjab headed by former Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal seems not to be over yet as a group of party workers revolted against his leadership alleging dictatorial attitude and misappropriation of funds.
Manpreet’s Press Secretary Arunjot Singh Sodhi raised the banner of revolt along with others and gave one month’s notice to the party chief to answer the allegations.
Sodhi said they would not leave the party and the next course of action would be decided after waiting for explanation from Manpreet.
He said the PPP was a family affair and even the funds were being managed by the family. He said Manpreet backtracked from the three basic postulates of the party that included the denial of tickets to the kins.
He said none was consulted at the time of allotment of tickets during the Assembly elections and those who were supporting him from the beginning were ignored.
Demanding written reply to his allegations of corruption, Sodhi questioned integrity of Manpreet Badal on various issues and also blamed him for promoting self and family interests above party.
Accusing Manpreet Badal of being an arrogant leader, Sodhi alleged that Manpreet Badal has embezzled about Rs.3 crores donated by NRIs during his visit to Canada and USA. He said not even a single penny was deposited in party account. He alleged that Manpreet Badal had spent the money on repair of his private bungalow and purchased two vehicles including Fortuner and Innova.
He said that Rs.seven lakh was collected from district presidents but it was not deposited in the party fund.He further alleged that NRI s gave Rs.5 lakh for Dasuya by-election but fund was also embezzled.
Sodhi further said that Manpreet who oppose government security for others is still keeping Punjab police vehicles and about 36 official security personnel and they are being used for personal work.
He also accused Manpreet Badal for holding meetings with Capt Amarinder Singh without taking party leaders in confidence.
Meanwhile Manpreet Badal could not be contacted for comments despite repeated efforts.