People's Party of Punjab
|Leader||Manpreet Singh Badal|
|Founded||27 March 2011|
|ECI Status||Registered Party|
The People's Party of Punjab (Gurmukhi: ਪੀਪਲਜ਼ ਪਾਰਟੀ ਆਫ਼ ਪੰਜਾਬ) was an Indian political party formed in March 2011 and based in Punjab with Manpreet Singh Badal as the leader, who was a former member of state assembly and nephew of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. Manpreet later merged the party with the congress after meeting party vice-president Rahul Gandhi.
The People's Party of Punjab (PPP) was formed in March, 2011 by Manpreet Singh Badal, a four-time MLA in Punjab, India, who resigned from Council of Ministers of the State of Punjab, when he held the portfolio of Finance Minister and also resigned from the primary membership of Shiromani Akali Dal in October, 2010. Manpreet Singh Badal resigned his seat in the Punjab Legislative Assembly prior to announcing the new party.
2012 Punjab State Election
The 2012 state election was the first to be contested by the party. It allied with the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Communist Party of India and the Shiromani Akali Dal (Longowal) in a group calling itself the Sanjha Morcha (Common Front). Badal was the chief ministerial candidate of the coalition.
The Sanjha Morcha was unsuccessful in winning any of the seats it had contested despite garnering an approximate share of 6% of the total votes polled.
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