In the run-up to the Mohali Municipal Corporation poll, he, along with his local associates, had left the party following “non-acceptance” of some of his candidates for the civic poll.
Chandigarh: With Assembly elections just few months away, a Shiromani Akali Dal rebel and the first Mayor of Mohali Kulwant Singh is going to don Akali turban on Wednesday. His return in the party will be welcomed by the Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Confirming the development over phone, real estate baron Kulwant Singh, who is the MD of Mohali-based JLPL group of real estate, said that he had decided to return to the SAD after meeting Sukhbir Singh Badal recently.
Kulwant Singh had unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Fatehgarh Sahib as the SAD candidate. Later, in the run-up to the Mohali Municipal Corporation poll, he, along with his local associates, had left the party following “non-acceptance” of some of his candidates for the civic poll.
Later, in the hung MC House, Kulwant Singh, whose Azad Group had won 11 seats, was supported by Congress councillors to be the first Mayor of the town.
It’s also learnt that Kulwant was having serious issues with Balwant Singh Ramoowalia and now as Ramoowalia has left the SAD, Kulwant’s return to the SAD was being expected as an obvious move.
Sources informed that Kulwant has recently apprised Mohali Congress MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu of his decision to return to the SAD with an offer to tender resignation from the Mayor’s post on moral grounds, however, Sidhu did not object to his move and asked to continue.
On being questioned, Kulwant said, “Yes I had offered the same on moral ground but Sidhu was having objection to my SAD return.”
People close to Sidhu, however, said that they were not in a hurry to take the call as they would wait for the development to take place and then the party would clear its stand.
It’s pertinent to mention that Kulwant’s Azad group had won 11 seats and two other independent MCs Manjit Singh Sethi and Harwinder Kaur Lang had supported him. He was backed by the Congress having 14 councillors that led him reach Mayoral post. Of the 50-councillor house, Mohali Municipal Corporation has 23 councillors from the SAD-BJP alliance.
While announcing his return to the SAD, Mohali Mayor further said that as Mayor, he had some development issues in which the ruling party showed grace by redressing them all on priority so he decided to return to the SAD fold in the interst of the city.
Asked, if there was any assurance or his ambition to get the ticket for coming Assembly polls, Kulwant out rightly rejected the same, and replied: “It is all unconditional. I have no desire to become the MLA now.”
A man with interesting life story
For 55-year-old Kulwant Singh, who began his career as an employee of Janta Dharam Kanda and earning a monthly salary of Rs 375, is now the owner of a company that has a turnover of Rs 1,500 crore. For many, who don’t know him, he gives all the credit to his hard work and sincerity that paid him, mentioning that Dhirubhai Ambani was his role model.
Initially, Kulwant borrowed Rs 50,000 to buy one acre land and made a profit of Rs 1.5 lakh by selling it. He then bought another four acres of land, from which he earned Rs 6 lakh. Now, he is a realtor who owns sectors of hundreds of acres in Mohali, besides several townships in Ludhiana and Kharar.
While sharing few leaflets from his life book, Kulwant told Daily Post that in 1995 he contested the municipal council elections for the first time and won from ward number 21. He won the elections in 2000, but lost in 2005. He has remained senior vice-president in the municipal council for three years in 1995-2000 house and was the president from 200-2005.
He was close to then local bodies minister Chaudhary Jagjit Singh, who introduced him to the then chief minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, as learnt. In 2007, Kulwant came close to the SAD, reportedly when he had fear of landing in trouble for Sukhbir Singh Badal declaring that he would order the probe into his land deals.
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