ENS & PTI
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday said he was saddened by the decision of his step-brother Daljeet Singh Kohli to join BJP, which claimed it reflected people’s anger against the Congress.
“I feel very sad. I have no control. They are all adults,” he said while replying to queries on the sidelines of the Padma awards function in Delhi.
In an embarrassment to the Congress, Kohli Friday joined BJP at a public rally in Amritsar in the presence of Narendra Modi.
In Amritsar, Kohli said he was “depressed” over the plight the Congress has landed itself in. He also denied having taken any advantage of being related to the PM. “My brother has been PM for 10 years. Tell me if you have seen any deal that I have made in Amritsar. One deal I have certainly had is with Modi, Prakash Singh Badal, Arun Jaitley and that has been for the development of Amritsar,” he said.
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The entry of Kohli, a local businessman, into the BJP came a day after the PM rejected perceptions of a ‘Modi wave’ in the country. Welcoming Kohli into the BJP fold, Modi had said he will strengthen the party.
The PM on Saturday asserted that Congress could again form the government at the centre. UPA-III is not impossible, he said.
Singh’s nephew Manbir Singh said the family was shocked over Daljit joining BJP. He said he has no knowledge of any deal having been struck between Daljit and the BJP.
“We are with Doctor Saheb (PM) and support him and his policies. And in Amritsar, we support Amrinder Singh,” he said.
Union minister Kapil Sibal said when Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s niece can join the Congress, then why can’t someone else’s brother join some other party. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said Daljit joining BJP reflected people’s growing disenchantment with the Congress.