Rubbishing Bains brothers, CM roots for Ayali
Aiming to pin down Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) rebel and independent Lok Sabha candidate Simarjit Singh Bains, the younger of the Bains brothers, SAD patron and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal called upon the party workers not to give importance to “Bains brothers” while addressing a rally on Gill Road on Thursday.Updated: Mar 21, 2014 12:58 IST
Aiming to pin down Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) rebel and independent Lok Sabha candidate Simarjit Singh Bains, the younger of the Bains brothers, SAD patron and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal called upon the party workers not to give importance to “Bains brothers” while addressing a rally on Gill Road on Thursday.
The rally was organised by SAD-BJP combine in favour of its Lok Sabha candidate from Ludhiana Manpreet Singh Ayali.
“Such elements should not be referred to anywhere as they take mileage every time their name surfaces, whereas they do not deserve the publicity,” Badal added.
Interestingly, right from the chief minister to his political adviser Maheshinder Singh Grewal and SAD president (urban) and former cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria, each one of them took turns to criticise Bains brothers and their modus operandi, little realising that they were again giving “importance” to their adversaries.
Former Congressmen Malkit Singh Birmi and Ishar Singh Mehrban, who recently joined SAD, were given due importance by the CM and other senior Akali leaders at the rally.
Though it is a common knowledge in the party and outside that there is no love lost between Ayali and SAD MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik, as both have confronted each other on various occasions in the past, including the last zila parishad elections, Shivalik, keeping aside his rivalry, was all praise for Ayali at the rally.
Known for his rustic dialect, Gabria made most of the rally for “verbal combat” with Bains brothers.
Unable to hold back his pent up emotions against his adversaries (Simarjit had defeated Gabria from Atam Nagar constituency in 2012 assembly elections), he said, “Bainsa de khoon wich gaddari hai. Main hi enna nu party wich shamil kita si par ehna ne waar waar party nu dhokha ditta (treachery is in the blood of Bains brothers. I had brought them in SAD, but they repeatedly ditched the party by contesting elections independently).”
He accused Simarjit and his elder brother, Balwinder Singh Bains, of rising from rags to riches by stealing power and by beating up government officials (Bains brothers and their associates had allegedly beaten up a tehsildar on duty).
Adding to Gabria’s retort against Bains brothers, Maheshinder Singh Grewal declared Ayali as the next MP, saying, “Jihdi zuban te fateh uhdi maidan wich fateh (A person who wins with words will win in the field).”
He stated that the mention of Simarjit and Balwinder as “Bains brothers” is like referring to a private company and dared them to compare themselves to Parkash Singh Badal.
“Saying something against me or Gabria is still understandable, but trying to compete with Badal saab is intolerable as they are nothing more than jokers in a pack of cards,” Grewal added.
Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) chief Avtar Singh Makkar’s speech revolved round the communal violence in 1984 and Operation Bluestar at Harmandir Sahib, while Sharanjit Singh Dhillon went gaga over the development in Ludhiana to which some people sitting in the back rows said, “First take a stock of the broken roads in the city, then speak of development.”
Later during the day, a public meeting was organised in Sunder Nagar area, wherein people were apprised of the development works carried out by the SAD-BJP regime.
Ayali promised people to work for their benefit as he had done for the past 11 years, ever since he came into politics.
The Youth Akali Dal, like usual, were at their aggressive best as they pasted stickers on cars without seeking permission thereby inviting public ire.
First Published: Mar 21, 2014 12:56 IST