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Gujarat poll result distressing

It’s highly sorrowful that the people of Gujarat have voted for a person and his party who were undoubtedly behind one of the worst communal carnages in post-Independence India.

This victory will have an awful impact on the victims of the Gujarat riots and their families who have been isolated and have been living in pitiable conditions in stinking ghettos. It will cause a further dent in their morale with little or no chance of justice after Modi’s resounding win.

The BJP says that this election was won on the development plank. Let’s ask the meaning of development to those affected by the riots. Also, let’s expect a huge impetus to the ongoing fake encounters and extra-judicial killings of innocent Muslims. There is no doubt that Gujarat’s results are an offence to democracy and a collective shame for us all.

Sandeep Ghiya, Mumbai


 

II

The Gujarat victory has come to the BJP after the recent Tehelka expose, in which we saw many within the party and their supporters bragging about the heinous crimes they committed during the riots which will cause even Slobodan Milosevic to shudder.

The remote prospect of justice for the Gujarat riot victims will now vanish into thin air. The citizens of Gujarat should have realised that progress and development is not possible on the bodies and graves of the innocents.

This victory is indeed an hour of shame and monumental grief for all those who are devoted to the principles of justice and peaceful coexistence.

In this otherwise sorrowful hour, let’s pray against all odds that Modi and his goons are brought to justice and are handed exemplary punishments, a fitting trial for the crimes of genocide that they committed.

Safiya Sameena, Vijayawada (AP)

III

Commumnal Leftists have issued a veiled threat that “electoral process is not the solution to defeat communal forces” while reacting to the thumping victory of Modi in Gujarat.  Do our Leftists mean to say that the issues should be settled in the only way they know, that is indulging in violence?

It is a shameless comment on our democratic process and an insult to our Constitution. This should be taken seriously by the Election Commission and courts.

The analysis of this victory shows that this time the BJP has lost many of the seats it lost last time and gained in last-time lost areas. This cannot be explained by any communal phenomenon. If it is a communal win, then why has it lost in some areas?

Again, how can it be a communal win when it has won this time in new areas in the absence of any communal issue?

Media should act and nail the lie of Leftists whose patriotism is well known from the days of struggle against British and the 1962 China war. Even now while not acting against Islamist forces Leftists want India to snap its strategic ties with Israel.

Udita Agrawal, New Delhi

IV

Now it would be easier for the Govenment of India to go forward to get approval for the 123 agreement. The leadership of the Communist parties would not allow Young Turks to destabilise the ruling government and force it to resign.

None of the ruling party members want mid-term election right after the BJP victory in Gujarat.

India needs clean electricity from nuclear reactors to run its industry to create millions of new jobs.

And for the first time all of the industrialised nations want India to join the nuclear club without signing the NPT treaty.      

Sam Chahal, Chief Executive Officer, Skycable Communications, Irvine, Ca

Bachelors all

It is high time our Constitution was amended to let only permanent bachelors to become a Prime Minister or Chief Ministers.

Mr Narendra Modi has set an example that he is highly honest and has helped Gujarat get into fast-paced development during his regime.

He refused to help his brother when he got transferred to a remote place and didn’t help his niece to get a government job.

The bachelors like Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Mr Narendra Modi and Ms Mamta Banerjee don’t need to amass ill-gotten wealth and stack it in different bank accounts around the world. They can concentrate on giving good governance without any vested interest.

 Tuneer Banerjee, Kolkata 


 


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