Kulwant Singh, Mohali Mayor will join the Shiromani Akali Dal in the presence of Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister at the party headquarters. The members of ‘Azad’ group founded by Kulwant during the Municipal Elections will also join.
Kulwant said that he wanted Mohali’s overall development and got the support from the state government and that’s why he will join the party. He termed his joining as ‘ghar wapsi’. He said that contested Lok Sabha elections on a SAD ticket. He always had received support from the Chief Minister and Deputy CM.
“My differences were with Balwant Singh Ramoowalia. He was an outsider and we do not want an outsider in the city. I left the party but never spoke against the party and any leaders. As Ramoowalia has already left the party, I have no problem in joining the party again. I am happy that I am going back to the party to serve people,” said Kulwant.
As per the Sources, Kulwant will join SAD without any condition. He will not look for the ticket for upcoming Punjab Assembly elections.
Kulwant was elected as president of Mohali Municipal Council and unsuccessfully fought Lok Sabha elections on the SAD ticket from Fatehgarh Sahib. He then decided to contest the Municipal Corporation elections in 2015.
He demanded tickets for some his supporters from Ramoowalia. But he did not let the party high command give the tickets. It had led a rift between Ramoowalia and Kulwant.
Kulwant contested the elections by launching his own group ‘Azad group’ and managed to win in 11 seats. He then joined the Congress and became the first mayor of Mohali. SAD and BJP have 23 members . But Ramoowalia failed to get the support of four members needed for the majority in a 50-member House.
Joining of Kulwant and his group SAD will have the majority in the House. It will lead to the addition of 11 members, SAD-BJP will have 34 members in the House. Congress has 14 members. Manjeet Singh Sethi and Harvinder Kaur Lang, Deputy Mayor contested independently But due to their closeness with SAD, they can also join the party.