AAP must be wary of Bains brothers: New leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema
Cheema said Balwinder Singh Bains and his younger brother Simarjeet Singh Bains have no credentials as they have changed their party loyalties nine times in their political career.Updated: Jul 29, 2018 10:08 IST
Hindustan Times, Sangrur
The new leader of opposition in the Punjab assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema, on Saturday termed Lok Insaaf Party (LIP)’s Bains brothers as opportunists and appealed to his party MLAs and workers to beware of the two.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said Balwinder Singh Bains and his younger brother Simarjeet Singh Bains have no credentials as they have changed their party loyalties nine times in their political career.
“Balwinder Singh Bains started his political career with the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD Amritsar) led by Simranjit Singh Mann and then joined the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal). Then they joined hands with the AAP but during this alliance they voted for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s Presidential candidate. In fact, they have changed nine parties so far,” Cheema told Hindustan Times on Saturday.
“AAP will not take any disciplinary action against party MLAs or leaders who supported Sukhpal Singh Khaira who is like my elder brother. But I want our party workers to be careful of the Bains brothers who join alliances for their political benefit,” said Cheema.
Rejecting the claim that he has been appointed as the leader of opposition due to his proximity to AAP’s Delhi leadership, he said the party wanted a face who could raise Dalit issues as atrocities against the community, especially in northern India, have increased since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power at the Centre.
“Dalits are being targeted in Punjab and neighboring states. It was the need of the hour to project a Dalit leader in the region. AAP is aware of the BJP’s anti-Dalit agenda and therefore decided to pick a Dalit face,” he added.
The lawyer-turned-politician said the state machinery is working under the pressure of the Congress government in the state but AAP will challenge the court verdict in the Amritsar land ‘scam’ in which chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh got relief on Friday.
“I have sought a copy of the court’s judgment. We will fight legally and also take the issue to the people of the state because FIRs are being registered and cancelled in Punjab at the behest of political leaders for the past two decades,” Cheema said.
We’ve no alliance with AAP: Simarjeet
Lok Insaaf Party chief Simarjeet Singh Bains said they broke the alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) the same day when Delhi chief minister and party’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab revenue minister Bikram Singh Majithia over drug allegations.
On new leader of opposition Harpal Singh Cheema terming him and his brother as opportunists, he said, “I don’t want to comment on the statement of a ‘Pappu’ who has no ability or skills. He has been appointed by those who apologised on their own statement. LIP has no alliance with AAP. Kejriwal has no stance,” said Simarjeet Bains.
First Published: Jul 28, 2018 21:00 IST