Having won the Assembly election,the Bains brothers Balwinder Singh and Simerjeet Singh now face an uncertain political future as no comeback plan has been firmed up for them by the SAD as yet something which many thought would happen sooner rather than later.
The Bains brothers played their cards wrong. Party leaders know they had sent feelers to the Congress. When the Congress lost,they tried for a backdoor entry into the government through our ally,the BJP,and then came directly to us which they should have done in the first place, says a senior Akali leader.
After the party had denied the Atam Nagar ticket to Simerjeet Singh Bains in favour of Minister for Jails and Tourism Hira Singh Gabria,the two brothers decided to contest the elections as Independents,though the party had awarded the Ludhiana South seat to Balwinder. The two brothers ended up winning the seats,defeating Garbria from Atam Nagar and Hakam Singh Giaspura from Ludhiana South.
After the declaration of election results,speculation was rife that the Bains brothers would go back to their party but that has not happened. Now the situation is very dicey for the party as it has to keep in mind the feelings of its workers who worked for Gabria and Giaspura during the elections. They will feel slighted in case the Bains brothers are taken back, says the senior Akali leader.
Balwinder Singh,however,says: We have got some indications from the party to join back,but there is nothing concrete so far. As for approaching the Congress or any other party,all I can say is that we are a family which upholds Panthic thought,and that many have come to our doorstep but we have not gone to anyone.