Large crowd gathered at the residence of MLA Simarjit Singh Bains on Wednesday as he announced to contest elections from Ludhiana Lok Sabha constituency, thereby bringing all the speculations over his alliance with other political parties to an end.
Balwinder Singh Bains, Ludhiana MLA (south), who is also the elder brother of Simarjit Singh Bains, made the formal announcement adding that this was the decision of the "sangat" (people).
Simarjit Bains and Balwinder Bains while addressing the crowd said that becoming associate members of the SAD was their biggest mistake which they wanted to rectify by bidding final adieu to all the political parties.
MLA Simranjit Singh Bains after he he announced to contest elections from Ludhiana Lok
Sabha constituency. JS Grewal/HT
Challenging the SAD in Punjab, Simarjit Bains said: "Not only are we confident of winning the Lok Sabha elections, but we will form a special Jatha under which MLAs will contest for the next assembly elections. This Jatha may not come in power but will act as the sentinel of rights of people in Vidhan Sabha."
When asked by HT whether this was a plan to form a new party, Simarjit Singh Bains said it would depend upon the outcome of the Lok Sabha elections. "As of now the plan is to form a Jatha to administer a check on the working of the goverment," Bains added.