With the elevation of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the NDA's Prime Ministerial candidate and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh categorically endorsing Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi as the party's candidate for the top post in the 2014 elections, the battle lines have been clearly drawn.
Is it a little too early for the drum beats and the trumpets, the sparklers and the crackers, the sweets and the celebrations? Not if the Internet Hindus and ardent Modi supporters are to be believed.
Finally, the much-awaited results of the Karnataka Assembly elections are out. The Congress party, which is under attack both within and outside the Parliament over corruption charges, has won absolute majority decisively defeating its tormenter at the Centre. Congress has sought to give the entire credit to Rahul Gandhi and ridicule Narendra Modi's claim to national fame while the BJP has dared the Congress to hold the General elections now, for which both parties are apparently ill prepared now.
Till 1pm on March 17, 2013, it was only in the realm of speculation. But past his 30-minute address at the 'Adhikar' rally in Delhi's sprawling Ramlila Maidan, Nitish Kumar only confirmed what his admirers and detractors have been saying for long: That he is coming closer to the Congress-led UPA and that he aspires to be a prime ministerial candidate in 2014.