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The idea of Third Front an illusion

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav seems to be desperate to become the Prime Minister of India. He is, therefore, luring other smaller and regional parties for the formation of the Third Front. Only the Communists who have no numbers or say in the Lok Sabha are with him. There is a false impression in the minds of Mulayam Singh and the Leftists that they will succeed in the formation of a non-BJP (NDA) and a non-Congress (UPA) government at the Centre in the coming 2014 general elections in the country.

A few regional parties joining hands to form a government at the Centre can never become a reality as they lack the numbers to come to a majority in the Lok Sabha.

The Election Commission of India must not allow such parties to contest elections at the national level which cannot or do not field over 50 per cent of the total Lok Sabha seats. Mulayam also met SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal to rope him in the Third Front. He is playing the opportunistic card at the moment.  The editorial Elusive Third Front (September 25) rightly observes that Mulayam “can also use the Third Front to extract concessions from the UPA government” and that “he may abandon the whole idea if the Congress gives him a senior ministerial position he wants”. It is because of this ideology that he continues to support the UPA from “outside” even if he opposes its reformist agenda and sides with the Opposition. Such double games do not pay in politics, nor in our daily lives. The Third Front is surely an illusion.     

R K KAPOOR, Chandigarh


Mulayam Singh Yadav is always in search of opportunities to strike at the Achille’s heel of political leaders to prove his indispensability, unmindful of his loyalty or party ideology or whatsoever it be. One also feels pity for the BJP to see in what comical state it has landed itself in, by first trying to introduce FDI in its regime and then opposing it when in opposition. Strange are the ways of politics. No one can say that when foes will become friends and friends will turn foes.

R K MALHOTRA, Chanidgarh


The editorial ‘Petty politics at play’ (Sept 20) rightly says that Samajwadi Party is an unreliable party. Its leader Mulayam Singh is the most unscrupulous person at the political centre stage. He is opposing the Congress policies but supporting the Congress government at the same time.

He pretends to strike but does not want to wound anybody lest he himself is at the receiving end. He raises the bogey of communalism but uses the Muslim card to win elections. He poses to be a follower of Ram Manohar Lohia and Jai Prakash Narayan but promotes family interests. His policies are the most opportunistic. His recent behaviour when he ditched Mamata Bannerjee in the Presidential election should act as a deterrent to the Left parties.

IQBAL SINGH, Jalandhar

Traders’ problems

The Congress party opposed reforms when in Opposition and is supporting them when in power. Though some of the reforms like LPG and diesel pricing might help but not allowing FDI in retail. We are hell bent on providing subsidies to the rich and not to the poor.

Retail in India has helped overcome unemployment to a large extent. But the entry of big players will provide employment only to the educated lot and the experienced people with lesser education working in small stores will be left jobless. In a way, livelihood of 6 crore families (approx 24 crore people) will be threatened.

The traders might have flaws in the system but they are not nation’s enemies as the government is portraying them to be. Moreover, if the system warrants improvements such as cold stores, the same can be done by effective measures accommodating all current stock holders as it is the government’s duty to provide infrastructure support. If we have scope of improvement in the Indian Army, will the government outsource the Army functions to the US Army or work upon it?



The firm determination of UPA Government to return to the reform path is appreciable. Rising above party lines, the Opposition should support the government (editorial Back At The Wheel,  September 22).

Subsidies benefit only the notorious opportunists and they never reach the desired target group. Hence, the PM’s reference of taking tough decisions is meaningful, we should stand by him on positive steps to maintain national dignity.

As regards the FDI and ultimately the bigger retail shops, these have already revolutionised the Indian scenario through fairness in dealings and genuine services. 


Mandi taxes a must

The editorial Tax disincentive (Sept 25) emphasises the need for reduction in Mandi taxes. In my opinion, the proposal is unfair. Without recourse to tax reduction, the need of the hour is to improve the market yards and provide proper light, water, moisture checking equipment and motorable roads.

For achieving the stipulated quality standards, revenue is a must which can be collected only through taxes. Neither the farmers nor the commission agents have protested against the taxes amounting to about 15% of the value of procurement.

It’s a pity that the revenue generated by the Mandi Board is not properly utilised for the improvement in infrastructure; rather it is diverted out of the Mandi Board and used elsewhere.

The Mandi Board is also responsible for ensuring that the produce of the farmers is not put to distress sale and their exploitation at the hands of the unscrupulous elements is avoided.




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