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Instability: Voters hold the key

H K Dua’s front- page editorial, “Beware! There is political instability lurking ahead” (March 3) was apt and timely. The campaign “Jago re” is really praiseworthy. It ought to be “Socho Re” also because people have to elect their new rulers. A wrong decision of the voters can plunge the nation into an abyss.

We have seen that our politicians and political parties do not have any ethics. Seasoned politicians change their parties and loyalties for selfish motives. They make unethical alliances just to remain in power. Hard-core criminals are allowed to contest. The politicians exploit caste, creed and religion to get votes. Major national parties, just to form their government at the Centre, depend on the regional parties lacking national vision. just to form government. Politicians have time and again exploited people’s sentiments. The party manifestos are never implemented. The voters do not have the right to recall such parliamentarians.

The parliamentarians fix their own salary and perks, ignoring the similar revision for others who are much more deserving, like the defence personnel. Politics has become a lucrative business. If we elect such politicians again, then something is seriously wrong with us. The voters have to rise to the occasion and reject these politicians once and for all and force them to fall in line.

Enough is enough. The Election Commission must not allow the criminals to contest elections. The right to recall must be implemented. Anyone who violates the election code and conduct must be debarred from elections. The voters must checkmate the undeserving and selfish leaders.

CAPT AMAR JEET KUMAR (retd), SAS Nagar




II

H K Dua has rightly pointed out that the country is heading towards uncertainty. Regional subedars will play havoc with the democratic system. Poverty and unemployment will become non-issues in the forthcoming elections.

The only issues will be manipulations of political leaders. The Founding Fathers of the Constitution and the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives must be turning in their graves. The stable rule of Dr Manmohan Singh and Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee seems to be a dream. This poll will witness naked manipulations for power. Business houses will set the agenda of the new government. Political instability is dangerous. Mr Dua has cautioned the electorate well in time.

PAWAN KUMAR BANSAL, Rohtak

III

Time has come when voters must identify right options. The voters must favour the parties and candidates who are guided by national interest and welfare.

Coalition culture is responsible for the state in which we find the Indian polity today. Sadly, the masses still do not understand its gravity. Today, we badly need leaders of the stature of Nehru, Patel and Azad to keep states and regions together. Two-party or three- party system is the only way of ensuring efficient governance. Parties playing the religious or regional card should be banned forthwith to save the country from chaos, corruption and crisis.

BM SINGH, Amritsar

Politics of manipulation

Syed Nooruzzaman in his article, “Race for UP” (Feb 25), has painted an exact picture of political manipulation. It is a political tragedy that every party, especially the Congress, has cheated the Muslim community while promising to safeguard their interests. The Congress party that boasts of fighting communalism has always played the communal card.

As for Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav’s role, the less said the better. He has never done anything for the Muslims, which can instil a sense of dignity among them. He has milked the community for votes and not for values.

I salute the head of Lucknow’s Islamic seminary who refused to take interest in the political designs of Mr Amar Singh. Equally appreciable is the stand of the Vice-Chancellor of the Deoband seminary, who has snubbed the manipulator.

MULTAN SINGH PARIHAR, Jalari, Hamirpur

Himachal’s debt

In the editorial “Himachal in debt” (Feb 18), the facts and figures highlighted were remarkably apt and suggestive. The state of economic affairs in Himachal Pradesh is such that the government seems disinterested in imposing taxes. Rather, it is taking huge loans from the Centre, which is a clandestine way to enamour voters. Consequently, the people will have to face inflation, in spite of lofty claims by the government.

RAVI DATTA, Dehra, Kangra





CBI under cloud

The article “Misuse of CBI” (Feb 25) by Kuldip Nayar was an eye-opener. It has exposed how our political parties misuse the Central Bureau of Investigation for their own interests. The very enactment of the law that the CBI would obtain prior permission of the government before taking action against a public servant with a rank of Joint Secretary or above is unjustifiable.

Certainly, the CBI has been an instrument in the hands of the party in power at the centre. Mr Nayar has rightly given examples of how the CBI under the influence of the ruling parties has let many persons like Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav, Mr Mulayam Singh and Mr L.K. Advani off the hook.

At the end of the day, we can only say that laws are only made for the common man and not for those who rule the nation.

RK KAPOOR, Chandigarh

 





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