Manmohan Singh’s second stepbrother joins Congress

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AMRITSAR: Just a day after the BJP embarrassed the Congress and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by inducting his stepbrother, another stepbrother joined the Congress on Saturday during road show here taken out by former chief minister Amarinder Singh.

Surjit Singh Kohli, an entrepreneur, joined the Congress road show with Amarinder, the party’s candidate for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat against senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley.

Daljit Singh Kohli, a younger step brother of the prime minister had joined the BJP and shared the dais with BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during an election rally here Friday evening. Modi warmly welcomed him saying that his joining was not about BJP membership but building blood relations.

Daljit’s entry into the BJP fold was played up by the BJP leadership here, especially by Jaitley who is facing a tough fight against Amarinder. Daljit, a textile exporter, had no political background earlier.

Daljit had later told media that he joined the BJP as he was upset about the way that Manmohan Singh was treated by the Congress.

Manmohan Singh said Saturday he felt “very sad” at Daljit joining the BJP.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Padma awards function in New Delhi, the Prime Minister said to a query: “I feel very sad. But I have no control over what others do. They are adults.”

The Prime Minister’s family members had Friday expressed shock at Daljit’s “extremely wrong” and “shameful” decision to join the BJP.

His nephew Mandeep Singh told reporters in Amritsar on Friday: “The whole family is shocked to learn of Daljitji’s decision. We have been associated with the Congress from the very beginning and will remain faithful to them always. What he has done is extremely wrong. This is shameful and should not have been done.”

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