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Vajpayee Seeks Sai Baba's Blessings

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Vajpayee calls on Sathya Sal Baba


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Bangalore: In the midst of hectic electioneering and whistle-stop tours. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpay­ee called on Sathya Sai Baba at Brindavan, his Whitefield

ashram, near Bangalore, on Wednesday morning. The Prime Minister had a 45-minute meeting with Baba at Trayee. his residential quar­ters in the ashram. He was accompanied by his foster daughter, grand­

daughter and son-in-law.


After the meeting. Baba and the PM posed for pictures for the benefit of a couple of ashram and news photographers. Relaxed and cheerful, the PM seemed obviously happy.


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The Times of India, Mumbai edition dated 15.04.2004 Page No 7

Vajpayee pays obeisance to Saibaba

Bangalore, Apr 14 (IANS) :

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his family members Wednesday drove to Whitefield on the outskirts of this Karnataka capital to pay obeisance to spiritual guru Satya Sai Baba.

Vajpayee, who is on a two-day visit to Karnataka for campaigning, was closeted with Sai Baba for nearly an hour in the company of his foster daughter Namita Bhattacharya, son-in-law Ranjan Bhattacharya and granddaughter Niharika.

Later, Vajpayee and Sai Baba came out for a photo opportunity but tight security prevented any interaction with reporters.

Officials accompanying the prime minister declined to reveal what transpired between Vajpayee and Sai Baba.

This is the second time Vajpayee has met Saibaba after the general election was announced February 29. The first meeting last month was at the spiritual leader's ashram at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh.

During summer, Sai Baba shifts to Bangalore to avoid the scorching heat.

Vajpayee later went to the Vidhana Soudha, the Karnataka legislature complex, to garland the statue of B.R. Ambedkar on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the author of the Indian constitution.