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Politics first, family later

A day after PM Manmohan Singh rejected the presence of a 'Modi wave' in the country on April 24, his stepbrother Daljit Singh Kohli joined the BJP in the presence of Narendra Modi. Singh later said he was saddened by his brother's decision to join the BJP.

india Updated: May 14, 2014 21:46 IST
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1) PM Manmohan Singh's stepbrother leaves him sad, joins BJP

A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rejected the presence of a 'Modi wave' in the country on April 24, his stepbrother Daljit Singh Kohli joined the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in the presence of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Manmohan Singh later said he was saddened by his brother's decision to join the BJP.

Kohli stunned everyone, when he suddenly appeared on the dais, minutes after Modi and Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal mounted the stage at a rally to support BJP's Amritsar candidate Arun Jaitley.

Embracing Kohli into the fold, Modi said: "Dr Manmohan Singh's brother has joined the BJP, and this will add to our strength. I welcome him into the party and assure him that this is not a membership party, but a relationship party. I promise him that whatever dreams for India and Punjab he has brought into the BJP, all of them will be fulfilled."

2) Big fight in DMK's first family: Alagiri vs Stalin

The big fight in the DMK first family has turned into a battle within a battle, a no-holds-barred war-of-words fought at the centrestage of general elections 2014 in Tamil Nadu. Former Union minister and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi's elder son MK Alagiri — now irrelevant in the DMK's scheme of things — has taken his fight against his younger brother Stalin to a new level.

62-year-old Alagiri, MP from Madurai was suspended from the party on January 25. The DMK's former south zone organising secretary has been involved in a prolonged tussle with his brother Stalin for control of the party. Karunanidhi preferred Stalin over Alagiri to run the party bringing the sibling rivalry out in the open.

3) BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece a Cong LS candidate

Having ended her 32-year-long association with the BJP, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece Karuna Shukla in Februrary joined the Congress and slammed Narendra Modi saying his promise of serving the country is nothing but "plain dishonesty".

Sixty-three-year-old Karuna Shukla, who became MLA from BJP first in 1993 and was one of the senior leaders in Chhattisgarh, was unhappy over being sidelined in the party and had openly criticised the BJP leadership including Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh on many occasions in recent past.

She resigned from BJP on October 25 last year alleging that the party was "under the grip of power politics". Shukla has been given a ticket by the Congress to contest from Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh.

4) No personal fight, only clash of ideologies here: Meena vs Meena in Rajasthan

Meena brothers Namo Narain and Harish Chandra, both former IPS officers, once had a common enemy — the anti-social elements of the society. Politics, however, has lined them up against each other in a fight. Both are contesting from Dausa Lok Sabha seat in east Rajasthan.

Elder brother Namo Narain Meena, 70, is the Congress candidate, while Harish Chandra Meena, 59, is the BJP's pick for the seat.

Namo Narain is clear about the poll fight, which, according to him, is not between brothers, but parties and their ideologies. "Harish is my brother and will always remain so. Neither will I speak against him nor will he against me."

5) Divorce case pending, it is still husband vs wife in UP's Shohratgarh

A couple —now separated — has taken the poll only too seriously. While Chaudhary Ravindra Pratap is the sitting Congress MLA from Shohratgarh in Uttar Pradesh, his estranged wife Sadhna Chaudhary is the Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate in the same seat. The divorce case of the two is pending in court. The couple has been living separately since 1995, according to a report that appeared in nation daily The Indian Express.

"She is not my wife. No wife fights against her own husband. We separated since 1995," Pratap was quoted as saying by The Indian Express about his political rival.
Chaudhary had a similar point of view. "Husband and wife do not fight elections, parties fight elections. The BJP is my party and it has fielded me, hence I am fighting the elections." she told The Indian Express.

This, however, is not the first time the two have fought the elections against each other. The two reportedly contested against each other in 2002 and 2007.