In 2014, when Jagdish Bhola accused Majithia of being involved in a drug racket, everyone within the party and family was shocked, but those allegations did not seem to have much effect on Majithia.
Manraj Grewal Sharma (Indian Express)
Bikram Singh Majithia, a former minister of Shiromani Akali Dal and brother-in-law of Sukhbir Singh Badal, was in the news headlines three years ago, in March 2018. At that time, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had made allegations against Majithia in the drugs case, after which Majithia dragged him to the court. Later, Kejriwal had to apologize to him. Now in 2021, during the tenure of Charanjit Singh Channi government of Punjab, the same matter has become trouble again for Majithia, which was first revealed in 2014.
Who took Majithia’s name in the drug racket?
According to the Indian Express, in 2014, Jagdish Bhola, an Arjuna Awardee wrestler and DSP in Punjab Police took Majithia’s name in a drugs racket. Bhola’s claim created a stir in the political corridors. These very serious allegations against Majithia came after 7 years of his coming to politics. Majithia came to politics in the year 2007, at that time he won the election from Majithia, the assembly seat of Amritsar. Majithia’s elder sister Harsimrat Badal had at that time preached door to door for her brother. Harsimrat Kaur was then MP from Faridkot.
Majithia became cabinet minister at the age of 31
Shortly after winning the election, 31-year-old Majithia was made a cabinet minister in the Parkash Singh Badal government. Majithia, who studied business management from Delhi’s St. Stephen’s College, may have become the youngest minister in the SAD-BJP government. At that time, most of the ministers from the Akali Dal and BJP were elderly.
Majithia was the biggest face of Akali Dal in the assembly
Whenever there was talk of giving a befitting reply to the opposition in the assembly, Majithia used to take command of Shiromani Akali Dal. Even when Navjot Singh Sidhu joined the Congress, Majithia used to take a dig at him. At that time Majithia used to speak in the politics of Punjab. It used to be a common discussion in political circles then that one day Majithia would overtake Sukhbir Badal in Shiromani Akali Dal.
Majithia’s grandfather was the deputy defense minister in the Nehru government.
Many people understand that Majithia is identified with the Badal family, but those who have a hold on Punjab’s politics know that Majithia’s own family also has great political influence. Majithia’s family is a well-known name in all three business, religion and politics. Majithia’s great-grandfather Sundar Singh Majithia became the founding president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) in 1920. Majithia’s grandfather was the Deputy Defense Minister in Jawaharlal Nehru’s government from 1957 to 1962.
Majithia’s family bought the plane in 1935.
Majithia’s father Satyajit Singh raised a big business empire from Delhi, UP to Punjab. In 1892, the Khalsa of Amritsar was established with the help of the ancestors of Majithia. The influence of Majithia’s family can be gauged from the fact that in 1935 this family had bought the plane. While Majithia’s elder brother Gurmehar focused his attention on business, Majithia thought it right to step into politics. Majithia was married to the daughter of a Delhi businessman in the year 2009. At that time there was a lot of discussion about their royal wedding. Majithia’s Wedding 9 types of cuisines were offered, including Majithia’s favorite Italian food.
When Senior Badal asked Majithia – have you ever been to jail?
However, Majithia became MLA again in 2012 and his stature in the party continued to grow. According to party insiders, senior Badal was not happy with Majithia. According to the Indian Express, there is a very interesting anecdote from the year 2013. NRI convention was going on. Majithia was also sitting in the Parkash Singh Badal conference. During this, Parkash Singh Badal asked Majithia in the middle of his statement, “Have you gone to jail? I have been in prison for 17 years. You have got everything accumulated.” Parkash Singh Badal had said this in a funny tone, after listening to which everyone laughed out loud.
Majithia was Jaitley’s campaign manager
In 2014, when Jagdish Bhola accused Majithia of being involved in a drug racket, everyone within the party and family was shocked, but those allegations did not seem to have much effect on Majithia. Majithia was made Jaitley’s campaign manager in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when BJP’s strongman Arun Jaitley got the responsibility of contesting against Amarinder Singh from Amritsar. Although Jaitley lost the election, Jaitley got more votes than Amarinder in places falling in Majithia’s region.
Akali Dal lost badly, saved Majithia seat
By the time of 2017, the allegations against Majithia in the drugs racket started gaining momentum. The issue was given so much air by the opposition that the issue became the agenda in the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections. The Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress heavily cashed in on Majithia’s case and even made election promises of putting him behind the bars if he came to the government. The Akali Dal was badly defeated in this election, but Majithia managed to save his seat. After this the Amarinder Singh government came to power, but there was a special action against Majithia, but after the confrontation of Navjot Singh Sidhu, when Amarinder resigned and Charanjit Singh Channi became the Chief Minister, he filed a case against Majithia and now Majithia. Police is searching.
“The game has just started”
Majithia, a close aide, said, “He will continue to fight the war and will answer every allegation. He will continue to prove his sincerity. The game has started now.”