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Tainted ministers are a disgrace to democracy

In his front-page editorial “Not by confrontation” (July 4), H.K. Dua has made a strong case for dialogue instead of confrontation to resolve the two flashpoints, i.e., the inclusion of tainted politicians in Dr Manmohan Singh’s government and the sacking of four Governors appointed by the erstwhile NDA government. Both issues have surfaced at a time when the NDA partners have still to assuage their troubled psyche following their unexpected defeat at the hustings and conversely, the exuberance being excluded by the ruling UPA partners at their victory, of which they were not sure at all.

Mr Vajpayee’s utterance the other day denouncing the dismissal of some NDA-appointed Governors is indicative of the highly charged atmosphere prevailing in the Opposition camp. In the circumstances, renunciation of the aggressive agitational posture adopted by the Opposition despite the Lok Sabha Speaker’s appeal to both sides to conciliate, is unlikely to bear fruit unless the UPA leadership make substantive amends.

 

 

The dismissed Governors, subjected to humiliation cannot be reinstated. A Governor cannot challenge the dictates of the government. If he disagrees, he can resign of his own validation or face the displeasure of the government through the President. A no-nonsense Governor is a better choice than a meek ‘yes man’.

As for tainted politicians like Mr Taslimuddin, it is a disgrace to democracy. Criminals indulge in all types of unethical practices to win elections. The adage ‘everything is fair in war and love’ is grossly misused in the political area. This unhealthy practice is the bane of our society. We must fight this menace collectively.

Brig H.S. CHANDEL (retd), Malanger (HP)

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It is the voters who have sent tainted politicians to Parliament and it was the compulsion of the Congress-led government to make them ministers. It does not require great wisdom to understand as to when, where, why and how the Governors are nominated. Governors are ought to be persons whom the government at the Centre and the President can firmly trust and rely. I do not endorse the BJP’s criticism of the peremptory dismissal of four Governors.

Dr SOSHIL RATTAN, Amritsar

III

Our representatives are egoistic. They have long forgotten the good of the nation and its people. The BJP’s relentless criticism of tainted ministers is not justified. Lost in their tussle for power and the ‘kursi’, the parties are partying at people’s cost. The BJP-led NDA should accept the people’s verdict gracefully and act as a responsible Opposition for the betterment of the country. On its part, the Congress needs to weed out the tainted ministers in order to create a conducive environment in Parliament.

AHIM PREET S. JURRY, Mohali

IV

In his first address to nation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed to all parties to respect Parliament as an essential forum for public debate so that we ca move forward in the task of nation-building which is a common goal for one and all. The BJP-led Opposition should refrain from any kind of protest on the issue of tainted ministers. It should shun the path of confrontation. It is sad that from day one, it has been needling and unsettling the Prime Minister.

ONKAR CHOPRA, New Delhi

V

H.K. Dua’s front-page editorial “Not by confrontation” is apt and timely. The current developments are indicative of the fact that parliamentary democracy in the country is in the doldrums. I hold no brief for the Congress-led UPA government which has allowed public life to lapse into the same abysmal depths as before and lost the opportunity to make a new beginning. But the bitter truth is that those finding fault with the new government are themselves guilty of the same (mis)conduct when they were in power. There is no point in the pot calling the kettle black. The Opposition needs an introspection.

No political party can disrupt the proceedings of Parliament and hold it to ransom. If the House meets only to adjourn without transacting its business properly, why convene it at all? As wisely counselled by Mr Dua, the path of confrontation must be eschewed and an amicable settlement reached so that Parliament runs its due course and transacts its business in an unobstructive and smooth manner.

K.M. VASHISHT, New Delhi

VI

The Prime Minister has taken the stand that previous regime had also some charge-sheeted ministers, but they can’t be equated with the present lot, who are accused of such heinous crimes like murder, rape, kidnapping, underworld links, corruption etc. Compulsions of coalition-politics do not mean that Dr Manmohan Singh should surrender his authority. The hard fact is that he is heading a Cabinet which can’t be called a clean government.

J.K. MAGO, Panchkula

VII

There is nothing wrong if the BJP tries to unmask the present government. But to magnify the error of the Congress into a crime is unfortunate. Mr Dua is right when he says that the danger from criminals is common to all the political parties. Thus, the issue would require a consensual approach of cooperation, and certainly not confrontation.

HANS RAJ JAIN, Moga

Bias in power cuts is unfair

Admittedly, there is acute shortage of power in Punjab. But while imposing cuts on domestic power supply, there should no be discrimination. Any kind of bias in power cuts is unfair and against human rights. All districts should be treated at par. Kapurthala, for instance, is district headquarters with about one lakh population. However, an eight-hour power cut is regularly imposed on the people in the district. This is in addition to frequent tripping. This was admitted by the officials of the Punjab State Electricity Board on June 30.

The PSEB authorities should not impose power cuts during nights (1 a.m. to 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.). People are reeling under a heat wave for the last five days due to long power cuts.

D.R. SHARMA, Kapurthala


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