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H.D. Re­vanna, pub­lic works min­is­ter in the Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar)-Congress govern­ment in Kar­nataka and son of for­mer prime min­is­ter H.D. Deve Gowda, is known to be su­per­sti­tious. Since July 5, he has been ap­pear­ing bare­foot at of­fi­cial en­gage­ments and pub­lic events. On July 8, he en­tered the Vid­hana Soudha in Bengaluru with­out footwear. His fol­low­ers said he was fol­low­ing his astrologer’s ad­vice to save the govern­ment af­ter 14 leg­is­la­tors from the Congress and JD(S) re­signed and left for Mum­bai. Dur­ing the Lok Sabha elec­tion, Re­vanna was seen car­ry­ing nine lemons in his hand dur­ing cam­paign­ing, but it did noth­ing to im­prove the JD(S) per­for­mance. Will walk­ing un­shod help the cause?

—Ashish Misra, Aravind Gowda, Romita Datta and Ki­ran D. Tare

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