The Bhullar community may be a cause of concern for the SAD candidate from the constituency as it has been taking the prestigious poll battle within the Badal dynasty here as an opportunity to correct the alleged misperceptions about a 17th century defeat involving sixth guru of Sikhs Guru Hargobind Sahib with the help its electorate's strength.
At present, the community is into a legal battle with Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) over the possession of Gurdwara Mari Sikhan Wala on the Rampuraphul-Mehraj road in the district.
The community held many protests in the recent years over the issue after the SGPC attempted to take possession of the gurdwara land in 2010. Section 45 and 46 are imposed to avert any further clash on the disputed land.
Rounds of meetings of Bhullars with the Punjab chief minister and the deputy CM were also held, but the incumbent government failed to come out with a solution.
Bhullars claims to have a strong vote bank in 400 villages of Punjab and they are opposing SAD candidates in Bathinda, Sangrur and Faridkot.
"We have set up committees in 345 villages across the state. 95 fall in Bathinda, 55 in Sangrur and 52 in Faridkot," said Surjit Singh, president of the Bhullar Bhaichara Committee.
He said, "We have a system in place now and will issue directions at the last moment. On Bathinda seat, we have 1.85 lakh committed voters."
He said, "We have been already opposing the campaign of Harsimrat Kaur Badal in villages. However, we have yet no take a decision which candidate should be supported in the coming elections. We will take the decision at the last moment."
"Elections are a very important tool and we will use our electoral power to solve this issue. We want land belonging to our ancestors back. We will consider all parties including SAD and will vote for a candidate who will ensure us our land is restored," said Surjit.