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Hero's welcome for Indian diplomat at centre of US row

Published on Jan 10, 2014 11:22 PM

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, heading home from the United States after she was indicted for visa fraud in a case that has strained bilateral ties, could have a political career for the asking.

Ahead of national elections that must be held by May, parties are preparing to crown her as a hero in a case seen as standing up to the United States and, if she wanted, offer her a political career. It signals how the case has stirred nationalist feelings among many Indians.

There is no sign that Khobragade, 39, is considering politics. India's foreign ministry, which fully backed her in her month-long battle against US prosecutors, has said she will be given a new assignment in New Delhi.

But one party based in her home state of Maharashtra said it would talk to her about running for parliament.

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