Bains bros likely to join SAD-BJP, res­i­dents hopeful of de­vel­op­ment

Says Bains broth­ers join­ing the rul­ing party will give them an op­por­tu­nity to be a ‘part of de­vel­op­ment’

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Ar­jun Sharma ludlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­

As the news of Bains broth­ers join­ing the Akali Dal started do­ing the rounds city res­i­dents are hopeful that their join­ing the party in power will give res­i­dents an op­por­tu­nity to be a ‘part of de­vel­op­ment’.

In­de­pen­dent MLAS Si­mar­jit Singh Bains and Bal­winder Singh Bains are likely to join the Akali Dal, the same party from which both were ex­pelled in De­cem­ber last year.

A month ago, they had claimed that they would field their in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates from all 75 wards in the up­com­ing Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion elec-


tions, which had cre­ated rip­ples in the Akali camp.

How­ever, res­i­dents be­lieve that their join­ing the party would en­sure the vic­tory of BJPAkali al­liance in the up­com­ing polls sched­uled for June 10.

Jas­deep Singh, a city res­i­dent said that field­ing in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates on all 75 wards would not have ben­e­fited any­body alone. Nei­ther Bains broth­ers nor the Akali- BJP al­liance would have gained any­thing had they fielded their can­di­dates alone.

“How­ever, if they join the Akalis, they will en­sure vic­tory of some of their can­di­dates as well as most of the can­di­dates of Akalis in the elec- tions,” Singh said.

Man­isha Bansal, a school teacher, said that most of the res­i­dents vote for party al­ready in power in state dur­ing the MC polls.

“No one will pre­fer a party that is not in power in state, as that will stop the de­vel­op­ment of the area con­cerned. From the past ex­pe­ri­ence, it has been seen that most peo­ple vote for the coun­cil­lor who be­longs to the rul­ing party in state,” she said.

Se­nior Akali lead­ers were ap­pre­hen­sive that Bains broth­ers field­ing their can­di­dates in all 75 wards would dent the party in Lud­hi­ana.

How­ever, the re­cent de­vel­op­ment came af­ter se­ries of meet­ings be­tween Bains broth­ers and deputy chief min­is­ter, Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Ac­cord­ing to a close as­so­ci­ate of Sukhbir Badal who does not wish to be iden­ti­fied said, “Bains broth­ers have agreed to sup­port the Akali Dal dur­ing the up­com­ing MC elec­tions. An an­nounce­ment will be made within a week, af­ter which fur­ther course of ac­tion will be de­cided for MC polls,” he said.

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