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MLA report cards: Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjeet Singh Bains

Hindustan Times takes a look at Punajb MLAs and their performance:

punjab Updated: Nov 07, 2016 10:56 IST
Punjab polls,Balwinder Singh Bains,Simarjeet Singh Bains
Balwinder Singh Bains and Simarjeet Singh Bains(HT Photo)

Balwinder Singh bains, 57, Independent

Constituency: Ludhiana South

Education: Graduate

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 5.2 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated SAD candidate Hakam Singh Giaspura by 32,233 votes

2007: Did not contest; this seat in Ludhiana city came up later in delimitation

Assembly record

Question asked: 19

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch SGPC member; connects well with the masses

What next Wants to fight again; is with Navjot Sidhu-led Awaaz-e-Punjab

How he performed

Elected as an independent who rebelled from the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), he and brother Simarjeet are now with Navjot Singh Sidhu’s forum. A first-time MLA from a new segment, he got completed a water treatment project which was hanging in the balance for a long time. He also got completed sewerage project in Giaspura, Lohara and Daba areas. He got constructed major roads too. Most importantly, he established a ‘Suvidha Centre’ at his own premises for residents where people can apply for work related to the revenue department, food and civil supplied and local bodies. However, waterlogging, water contamination and sewage overflow have not been resolved. Many people fall ill every year here due to water-borne diseases.

By the way

Attends every social gathering, big or small’


Nothing has been done in the area in the name of development. There is no sewerage, and roads are dilapidated. He attends functions, but has failed to deliver what he promised,Satpal Rajput, 40, property dealer said.

In the rainy season, this area turns into pond! All projects initiated by him are hanging fire. He is more active in politicking than concentrating on development of the area, Sher Singh, 40, factory owner said.

Simarjeet Singh Bains, 45, Independent

Constituency Atam nagar

Education Graduate

Assets declared in last polls: Rs 7.5 cr

Electoral record

2012: Defeated SAD candidate Hira Singh Gabria by a margin of 28,498 votes

2007: Didn’t contest; seat came up in delimitation comprising parts of rural, west segments

Assembly record

Question asked: 23

Call attention moved: 0

Power punch Aggressive, former councillor, cultivates Robinhood image

What next Will contest again; is with Navjot Sidhu-led Awaaz-e-Punjab

How he performed

After being denied ticket by Shiromani Akali Dal, he, like his brother (Balwinder Singh Bains), fought as an independent and won. As a first-time MLA, he has been spearheading a campaign against the SAD-BJP government on various issues. He got completed Balloke water treatment project that was lying incomplete for long. Known as a firebrand leader, he got blacklisted the contractors responsible for delaying the project. He brought a ‘Suvidha Centre’ to his constituency. Besides, the segment also has an employment exchange. He even uses his personal contatcs to provide job to youths in the private sector. He also plays the role of a mediator to amicably resolve conflicts among his constituents. However, people in the segment suffer a lot due to waterlogging, faulty sewerage and poor roads.

By the way

Doesn’t miss a chance to go abroad


The MLA has failed to deliver what he had promised. He claimed that he will set an example for other MLAs, but he failed to provide basic facilities to most of the areas, Harpreet Sawaddi, 26, factory owner said.

He carried out more development work in the area when he was a councillor. After he became MLA, he failed to serve the area. Most of the projects he has started remain incomplete, Amardeep Singh Gogi, 45, trader said.

First Published: Nov 07, 2016 10:54 IST