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In Delhi, BJP banks on Kiran Bedi, not a Modi wave

Newly-joined BJP leaders Kiran Bedi and Shazia Ilmi at a felicitation function at the Delhi BJP office in New Delhi. PTI

Not willing to take chances with the so-called “Modi wave” in the forthcoming elections in Delhi, the BJP’s spin doctors have moved in to project new party member Kiran Bedi as its face.

Asaram is our god, CM in clip

The BJP appeared to be embarrassed with a YouTube clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha1D6TjRjZw) showing a host of saffron leaders seeking self-styled godman Asaram’s blessings going viral.

BJP ‘rethink’ on Asaram as YouTube clip is going viral

The reason for the BJP’s virtual silence on controversial godman Asaram Bapu, accused of allegedly raping a minor, became somewhat clearer on Wednesday as a YouTube clip (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha1D6TjRjZw), that shows a host of BJP and VHP leaders praising him, went viral on the Internet.

I travelled to Hampi recently and was blown away by the palace and temple ruins, and the fascinating landscape it was set in. To make it even more interesting, I stayed in a wildlife resort nearby.

President Barack Obama’s visit to India as the chief guest for our 66th Republic Day was a first since, surprisingly, no other US President had come in this capacity before.