Ludhiana, January 14
The Bains brothers have been winning the Atam Nagar and Ludhiana South Assembly seats in the district for the past two consecutive terms.
2017 Seat Share (Total: 14)
Congress: Won 8, another AAP MLA joined recently
AAP: Won 3, left with 1
SAD: Won 1, added Dakha in bypoll
After their maiden victory as Independents in 2012, Simarjit Singh (51) and Balwinder Singh (62) had floated their own Lok Insaaf Party (LIP) in 2016 and had contested five Assembly seats in alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections but could retain their only two seats.
In 2017, Simarjit had won by a margin of 16,913 votes by defeating Kamal Jit Singh Karwal of the ruling Congress party from the Atam Nagar seat. Simarjit had polled 53,421 votes against 36,508 votes polled by Karwal. Except the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) nominee Gurmeet Singh Kular, who had got 14,138 votes, none of the other seven candidates in the fray had been able to save their security deposits.
His elder brother Balwinder Singh had retained the Ludhiana South constituency in 2017 by a margin of 30,917 votes. He had trounced Congress nominee Bhupinder Singh Sidhu by polling 53,955 votes against 23,038 votes polled by his nearest rival. Here also, the SAD nominee, former minister Hira Singh Gabria, had finished third with 20,554 votes while the remaining six candidates, including Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Charan Singh, lost their security deposits.
In 2012, Balwinder had won from the Ludhiana South seat as an Independent candidate by a margin of 32,233 votes. He had defeated Hakam Singh Giaspura of the SAD by polling 49,594 votes against 17,361 votes polled by his nearest rival Congress nominee Ashok Prashar had then ended third by polling 16,737 votes.
Simarjit had won from Atam Nagar as an Independent in 2012 by a margin of 28,503 votes. He had polled 51,063 votes against 22,560 votes polled by his nearest rival Hira Singh Gabria of the SAD. Congress candidate Malkit Singh Birmi had finished third by polling 18,863 votes.
The other three seats from where the LIP contested the Assembly poll in alliance with AAP in 2017 were Ludhiana Central, Ludhiana North and Amargarh in Sangrur.
LIP nominees Vipan Kumar Kaka, Randhir Singh Sivia and Prof Jaswant Singh Gajjanmajra had finished third from the Ludhiana Central, North and Amargarh constituencies, respectively, by polling 25,001, 20,387 and 36,063 votes, respectively.
The party had also fought the Dakha Assembly bypoll in 2019 but its nominee Sukhdev Singh Chak ended third with 8,441 votes.
In 2019 Lok Sabha general elections also, the LIP had unsuccessfully contested three seats – Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur — under the Punjab Democratic Alliance.
With or in BJP?
Rumours are rife for the past few days that the Bains brothers were in touch with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Neither admitting nor dismissing any such report, Simarjit said the party core committee would decide on the matter. However, when the panel will meet to take the decision was still uncertain as the meeting scheduled here on Thursday evening could not be held.
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