Independent candidate for Lok Sabha elections Simarjit Singh Bains on Sunday made startling claims that ministers and top leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) "mostly" discuss sand mining and liquor business in important meetings.
Bains was speaking at an interactive seminar organised by an NGO Maha Sabha Ludhiana at BRS Nagar.
A large number of people of surrounding areas gathered to listen to Bains and also asked several questions related to local problems.
Bains was earlier a member of SAD, but chose to part ways to contest as an independent candidate for the Lok Sabha elections. Bains had won the assembly elections in 2012 from Atam Park constituency as an independent, and later joined SAD.
"I joined the party only to gain experience. I never became a part of the system of that party. The corrupt policies of the party were never endorsed by me, as a result I decided to quit and contest as an independent candidate," he said.
Bains claimed, "In every meeting held in Chandigarh and other places for important issues, sand mining and liquor business was always discussed. Ministers and senior leaders of the party discussed share of particular persons in these businesses. SAD only wants financial benefits".
"I never agreed to become a minister despite repeated requests by senior party men, and also never tried to get chairmanship of any board for my friends. I entered SAD clean and came out with the same character," he said.
He also opened an attack on SAD government on the issue of drug menace in the state and said those claiming to end drug menace in the state were "themselves involved in drug racket".
"Drug lord Jagdish Bhola who was arrested by the police has openly claimed that people close to the Badals were involved in drug trade. The government cannot take action against the drug menace as they are themselves involved in the racket," Bains claimed.
Taking credit of transfer of former Ludhiana police commissioner Paramjit Singh Gill, Bains alleged that Gill was playing into the hands of SAD leaders and was not working in accordance of law. "I complained to the elections commission and they transferred him from Ludhiana," Bains claimed.
He also accused the Congress and SAD governments of politicising different issues, including Ludhiana City Centre, and stated that the project fell prey to the politics of both parties.
Residents questioned Bains on regularisation of illegal colonies in Ludhiana, to which he replied that it was the top officials of municipal corporation that allowed these illegal colonies to come up and now they were charging money to regularise the same colonies.
Col (retd) Jagdish Singh Brar, president of Maha Sabha Ludhiana, said Bains should work for welfare of public in case he was elected to power.