Nitish Kumar's joining NDA rally expected: Cong
Congress on Sunday played down Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar attending the NDA rally in Ludhiana claiming that the JD(U) chief's move was on "expected" lines.
"You do not expect him to sing paeans for Congress on the eve of elections," Congress leader Kapil Sibal said. He said the JD (U) leader attending the NDA rally was expected. "It is expected. It is politics...It is Nitish's politics," Sibal told reporters.
In a show of unity, NDA leader came together at a rally in Punjab's Ludhiana in which Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar shed his reservations to share the stage with his Gujarat counterpart and BJP leader Narendra Modi.
The BJP-led alliance also got a boost when Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) broke ranks with the Third Front--a grouping of Left and regional parties--and its chief K Chandrashekar Rao appeared on the NDA platform.
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- Poll panel officials said that special central observers are sent to each poll-bound state depending on the sensitivity of the state to look into law and order, expenditure and other aspects. The observers are usually retired bureaucrats who had held top posts in various central agencies.