Ludhiana MLA Simarjit Singh Bains said here on Friday that their non-governmental organisation (NGO) ‘Team Insaaf’ would soon be registered as a political party.
MLA brothers from Ludhiana — Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjit Singh Bains, popularly known as ‘Bains brothers’ — have been running the NGO since they parted ways with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD).
Denying the reports of his brother and he were joining the AAP, Simarjit at a press conference clarified that the talks between the Team Insaaf and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were in progress for a pre-poll alliance for the 2017 assembly elections and not for their joining the AAP.
Terming the SAD “most corrupt”, Simarjit said by joining the ruling party, Balwinder and he had committed a grave mistake of their political career.
He claimed that the Fastway cable, reportedly owned by the Badals, had embezzled `12,370 crore by way of evading the payments of income and entertainment taxes and the central government had issued a notice to the cable company in this connection.
Bains said Fastway, though officially run by one Gurdeep Singh, is actually owned by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
He said, “Chief minister’s house is the mother of all corruption, and all ministers of the Badal cabinet and Punjab bureaucrats are corrupt to the core.”
Bains said the Team Insaaf wanted to bring about a change in the existing corrupt system and to deliver administration based on honesty and justice to the people.
He said the Team Insaaf would forge an alliance with like-minded parties aiming to oust the SAD-BJP government in the 2017 elections.
He said both former Congress chief ministers Capt Amarinder Singh and Rajinder Kaur Bhattal were stating the truth that they used to win elections with the support of the SAD, “for there was a nexus between the Congress and SAD on corruption as the ruling party got 60%, while the opposition received 40% share of the corruption”.
Bains was here to address a meeting of local Team Insaaf activists at Ram Singh Dutt Hall here.
He also appointed advocate Harjot Singh and Gurvinder Singh as presidents of the Team Insaf for Gurdaspur (city) and Gurdaspur (rural), respectively.
Meanwhile, the plot owners whose plots in Gopal Nagar locality in Gurdaspur have allegedly been grabbed by local “land mafia” met Simarjit seeking his help. Simarjit reportedly had promised them to raise their issue in the next session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.