Though the joint candidate of the Congress and the People's Party of Punjab (PPP) Manpreet Singh Badal was the first to visit former Capt Amarinder Singh loyalist Amardeep Singh Dhillon, son of former health minister Sukhdev Singh Dhillon, at Maur yet he would not get his support as Amardeep was all set to join SAD.
"Manpreet had come to my home soon after his candidature was announced earlier this month. I listened to him calmly and considered his agenda. I found that he had nothing for the people and only contesting to satisfy his ego," said Amardeep.
He added, "I do not think he has anything to offer to the people. Besides, Harsimrat Kaur Badal has already proved her mettle by carrying out development works in the constituency during the last five years. If you listen to her speech, she is only talking about development."
"I love people of Maur and they love our family. I cannot hand over their future in the hands of selfish people like Manpreet," said Amardeep.
Maur was one of the assembly constituencies from where Manpreet was expecting to consolidate his base to win the battle for Bathinda parliamentary seat.
Congress leader from Maur, three-time MLA Sukhdev Singh Dhillon is a former Akali leader. He was elected MLA from Talwandi in 1972 and 1977 and in 1985 from Maur. He joined the Congress in 2002 on the persuasion of Captain Amarinder Singh.
Known as a humble politician and progressive potato farmer, Amardeep was a frontrunner for the Congress ticket in the 2012 assembly election from Maur. However, the party, surprisingly, fielded Mangat Rai Bansal, who has also joined SAD.
Amardeep, perceived as a loyalist of Captain Amarinder Singh, was allegedly sidelined after Partap singh Bajwa became PPCC president.
Maur was most risky constituency for the SAD and Dhillon'sry into the party will give it a boost.
He said, "Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal will come to our home in Rampura on April 3 for my formal joining of SAD. We will ensure a big lead for Harsimrat from the Maur constituency,"