While SAD-BJP candidate Manpreet Singh Ayali had on Tuesday claimed that he had an extended support of all the ruling alliance councillors and party leaders, but independent candidate Simarjeet Singh Bains maintained that 18 councillors were still with him.
Balwinder Singh Bains, MLA from Ludhiana South and elder brother of Simarjeet Singh Bains said, “Two of our councillors who recently extended their support to SAD were forced to do so. However, 18 councillors continue to be with us and we have extensive support in rural areas too. This is giving sleepless nights to the SAD-BJP candidate and hence he is making false claims.”
Meanwhile, on Tuesday Ayali had said that the so called independent MLAs will be shown the doors in this election as he had the support of all the ruling party councillors.
However, Bains on Wednesday contradicted his statement and said that poll verdict will show that how candidates with party symbols lose elections and the one with no backing of party wins. Simarjeet Singh Bains said, “We saw this during the 2012 vidhan sabha elections and we will see it again.”
Bains, meanwhile, in his speeches targeted the ruling alliance and blamed the SAD for backing sand and drugs mafia. Interestingly, Bains himself was part of this party till 2012 and few months after winning as independent MLA, he joined as an associate member of SAD.
Phoolka lodges Complaint
Apart from Bains targeting SAD, even AAP candidate H S Phoolka is all set to complain about model code of conduct violation by the SAD. Phoolka said he will submit a complaint to the chief electoral officer (CEO) Punjab on Thursday regarding blatant violation by SAD candidate.
He said that posters of SAD candidates were seen in the entire city pasted on walls and even hoardings were also visible in various parts of the city. His party stated that the expenditure on posters must be counted in his campaign expenditure apart from taking necessary action.