Kulwant Singh, the mayor of SAS Nagar (Mohali), on Wednesday joined Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in the presence of Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Eleven councillors of his Azad Group and two other Independents also joined back.
About his decision, Kulwant had said on Tuesday, “Being part of the political system, I and other members of the group felt a need to rejoin the party. There is no hitch.”
Kulwant, of Samana Kalan village in Rupnagar district, is a Class-10 passout and owner of Janta Land Promoters Limited that has Rs 1,500-crore turnover with business interests in SAS Nagar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and Himachal Pradesh.
He began his career as an employee of Janta Dharam Kanda at a monthly salary of Rs 375. He contested elections for the first time in 1995. He remained the senior vice-president of the SAS Nagar municipal council from 1995 to 2000 and the president till 2005.
His fortune took a turn for the better when he was SAS Nagar council president when the then local bodies minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh introduced him to the then chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Amarinder wanted to develop SAS Nagar into a world class city and offered him land to develop various sectors.
JOINED SAD IN 2007
Kulwant joined the SAD in 2007 and worked in the party for some time, before present Dera Bassi MLA NK Sharma introduced him to the Badals, resulting in a SAD Lok Sabha party ticket in 2014.
CONGRESS AIDED HIS RISE
In what could be dubbed as farcical voting to elect the mayor in the first-ever SAS Nagar MC of 50 members, 23 SAD-BJP councillors opted not to participate in the voting, paving the way for his Kulwant’s election as mayor. Rishabh Jain of the Congress was made senior deputy mayor’s and independent councillor Manjeet Singh Sethi took charge as deputy mayor.
Even as Kulwant’s rejoining has given rise to speculation that he would be contesting the assembly elections due next year.
When queried, Kulwant said, “There has been no discussion of any kind on contesting elections.”