The Varun Gandhi case is getting entertaining. The VHP vigorously backs statements Varun says he never made. His mother claims what he said is mere common sense, tacitly admitting the footage is genuine. The man himself cancels an anticipatory bail application and decides to play martyr by spending a weekend in jail. Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister sees an opportunity to keep him locked up till the election's over. She gets the police to invoke the National Security Act, which makes getting bail difficult. The BJP, which loves such laws, and refuses to accept they are routinely misused, insists the NSA is being misused. Prakash Karat of the CPM and the civil liberties activist Prashant Bhushan, usually vociferous in their denunciation of laws which allow long periods of detention without charge, strongly support the use of the NSA in this case.
Meanwhile, news comes from distant shores that Varun's degrees from LSE and SOAS are a figment of his imagination. Not only is he a bare faced liar, he's a perjurer as well.
There's a lot to be said for election season.