SHIMLA, Jan. 9 -- Two days after Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)'s lone MLA Balkaur Singh, who is representing the Kalanwali seat, joined Dushyant Chautala's Jannayak Janata Party (JJP), he took a U-turn saying that he had only accepted the party's flag and not formally joined it.

Asserting that he was a part of the SAD and would continue to represent the people of the constituency on the party's ticket, Balkaur said, "Ajay Chautala wanted to meet me at my residence.

Soon after we had tea, he presented me the party's flag and I accepted it as an honour as I believe in the principles and ideologies of former deputy prime minister Devi Lal. But that does not mean that I joined the party. I am with SAD and will represent the party in Haryana Vidha...