LUDHIANA, Punjab—Independent candidate from Ludhiana Simarjit Singh Bains has stated that he is ready to support Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), if need arises to form a government in the center. He made the statement in an election meeting held in Gurdev Nagar according to the English newspape rDaily Post .
While praising the Hindutavi face of Indian Politics, Bains said he liked Modi as an individual, and would support him if his support is needed to form stable government. He said that he has had a phone call from a senior leader of BJP from Delhi who asked him to support Modi after the election is won.
This new statement of Bains has triggered a debate among political circles.
In the last Assembly elections of Punjab, Simarjit Singh Bains and his elder brother Balwinder Singh Bains contested elections as independent candidates, and after winning the elections, both supported Akali Dal (Badal) as associate Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs).
However, differences between the ruling party and the Bains brothers continued, and Simarjit Singh Bains decided to contest the election as an independent candidate this time.
While addressing the election meeting, Bains said he has differences with Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) Badal (B) and BJP but if his support needed, then he will support Narendra Modi.
“My first priority would be sit as an independent in Parliament but if my support is needed to form a stable government then Narendra Modi will be the option”, said Bains.
Most importantly, the United Sikh Movement led by Bhai Mohkam Singh who has been the long time spokesman of Damdami Taksal is for supporting Bains. Thus, he faces embarrassment over the new statement.
When Sikh24.com, made contact with Bhai Mohkam Singh on phone and asked about his stand on the statement, he reluctantly gave the answer terming these things as normal in electoral politics. He said these are petty matters that should not be exaggerated. However, he expressed unawareness regarding the statement.