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Sonia Gandhi’s resignation

Honestly speaking, there is no element of sacrifice involved in Mrs Sonia Gandhi’s resignation. She did the right thing when pressure was mounting on her, the Congress party and the Union Government which was trying to bring forward an Ordinance (after getting Parliament adjourned sine die) to save her from possible disqualification, close on the heels of Mrs Jaya Bachchan’s predicament.

My humble submission is: why did the UPA Government and the Congress party not think of the office of profit clause when Mrs Sonia Gandhi was appointed as the NAC Chairperson?

P.S. BHATTI, Dera Beas (Amritsar)



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The editorial “Sonia outwits the BJP” (March 24) rightly called her resignation as a “masterly political stroke”. However, I would go a point further and call it “statesmanship” that seemed to be eluding the Indian polity for quite some time.

BALVINDER, Chandigarh

III

The immoral, corrupt and power-hungry politicians cannot and will never be able to see the pure beauty of sacrifice that Mrs Sonia Gandhi made for the Congress party in particular and the country in general.

Her late husband, Rajiv Gandhi, was popularly known as “Mr Clean”. It is time we honoured Mrs Sonia Gandhi with the title “Mrs Clean”. There is no other political leader as clean as her.

OMAR LUTHER KING, Delhi

IV

Had Mrs Sonia Gandhi not resigned, she would have been disqualified like Mrs Jaya Bachchan if the Election Commission came to the conclusion that the NAC post she was holding was indeed an office of profit.

There should be a review of all members of Parliament and state legislatures as a matter of routine so that there is no conflict of interest as regards their parliamentary duties vis-ŕ-vis the additional offices they hold at the Centre and in the states.

VINOD K. BANSAL, Oak Brook (Illinois, USA)

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Generally, if doubts are raised on the part of any political leader or bureaucrat, pressure is exerted on him or her. Then, the person concerned quits and it is taken for granted that he/she is a saint. This leads to the question whether it absolves the person concerned of any wrong or unconstitutional act thus committed against the nation.

In the case of Mrs Sonia Gandhi, there were reasonable doubts that the post of Chairperson of the National Advisory Council was an office of profit. Had she not resigned from the Lok Sabha, she would have been disqualified like Mrs Jaya Bachchan.

It is indeed sad that senior leaders and politicians are ignorant of the law of the land and kicked off an avoidable controversy on the office of profit issue.

S.P. SHARMA, Mumbai

Societies to run medical colleges?

Why is the Punjab Government in favour of societies to run government medical and dental colleges in the state. Its only argument in this regard is paucity of funds. However, the issue in question is if the government cannot run medical and dental colleges due to lack of funds, how will the societies be able to do this? From where will the money come to the rescue of the societies?

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh perhaps knows that no state government has opted for societies to run medical and dental colleges. Why, then, experiment it in Punjab? The annual fee or user charges will go up exorbitantly which will not be in the interest of the general public.

The only best solution to the present mess in health services is to strengthen the existing network through more fund allocation and imaginative policies. The government should scrap its ill-advised proposal.

Dr NARESH RAJ, Patiala

Review phone tariff

While it is possible to make STD calls at the rate of one rupee per minute on the landline or mobile phone, the roadside STD booths continue to charge the rates which were prevailing 10 years back. Even when you speak for a few seconds from a PCO, the minimum print-out bill of Rs 3.70 paise comes out. In the absence of change, they charge us Rs 4 for  a single call.

The BSNL should rework the minimum charges. It hurts when you pay almost four times the normal tariff. Essential messages and calls are of less than one minute duration only.

BHARTENDU SOOD, Chandigarh

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