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Half-brother of India's PM Singh deals latest blow by joining opposition party BJP

Published on Apr 26, 2014 8:21 PM
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (right) hugging Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's brother Daljeet Singh Kohli after Mr Kohli joined BJP, during an election campaign rally in Amritsar, India, on April 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: EPA

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian Premier Manmohan Singh, whose ruling Congress party is trailing in election opinion polls, has suffered another blow, with his half-brother opting to support the Hindu nationalist opposition, according to media reports on Saturday.

"I feel very sad. I have no control. They are all adults," Dr Singh told reporters in New Delhi, responding to the news as India's marathon general election heads into its final stretch.

Dr Singh's half-brother Daljeet Singh Kohli, a businessman in northern Punjab state, was welcomed on Friday into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fold by the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Mr Kohli joined the BJP at an election rally in Amritsar, home to the Sikh Golden Temple, dealing another blow to the Prime Minister, who has been accused by the opposition of being one of India's weakest and most ineffective leaders.

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