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Property tax sinks SAD

One main reason for the poor performance of the ruling SAD-BJP candidates in the General Election in Punjab is the imposition of property tax by the government in 2013. Since the Punjab Government has ignored the protests against this tax, the public voted against it. The government should abolish the tax immediately.

Jai Gopal, Mumbai

AAP deserves a pat

Even in defeat, Arvind Kejriwal deserves a thankyou from the people for being instrumental in initiating the process of political morality, which led to the BJP’s landslide victory. Arvind Kejriwal has been defeated due to his inexperience. Modi deserves congratulations on his historic victory. He will have to prove himself. He also needs to clarify his stand on the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Col Vinod K Saraf (Retd), Kansal

Fast rise, fast fall

The Aam Aadmi Party was defeated from its place of birth, New Delhi, and everywhere else, except Punjab. Haste and lack of strategy of the party have proved to be its fall. Skipping the governance opportunity in Delhi was a wrong decision. It was in a hurry to fight the General Election which led to the decline of AAP at the national level. It proves that “the one who rises so fast, falls very rapidly.”

Nikhil Sharma, Bilaspur

Hopes from new PM

This is in response to the article “Modi faces mammoth task to meet India's soaring expectations”. It has been rightly pointed out that Modi has been given the mandate because of his pro-development poll promises. As goes the famous dialogue from the film “Spiderman” that “With great power comes great responsibility”, now time has come for the BJP to prove its worth. If people have pinned their hopes on it, the party has to satisfy the people who are suffering from the decade-long poor administration of the UPA regime. If the BJP is not able to justify its promises in the coming years, the people would feel cheated.

Shubham Sharma, Ropar

Verdict for stability

We welcome the decisive and wise decision of the Indian electorate in the parliamentary elections. After the rout of the Congress in the elections in 1977, the BBC had commented: “The Indian voter, though poor and illiterate, gives the right decision at the right time.” So is the case now. Indian voters have given a strong verdict in favour of a stable government at the Centre. We hope Modi is able to move India to an dizzying heights.

Amar Jit Singh Goraya, Australia

Modi leadership

The hard work and dedication of Narendra Modi in this General Election is commendable. He made it by working day and night to win the hearts and votes of the public. He said the BJP would come to power with full majority and the Congress would get the two-figure mark, and it has come true. The clean sweep of the Congress is due to the anti-incumbency factor and the scams hitting the country. The Congress could not project its good work effectively.

The era of coalitions has come to an end after 30 years. This will lead to good governance, strong policy-making and decisions for the country and will encourage judicial activism. The people have done their work. They are waiting to see how Narendra Modi takes the country forward, how he transforms his thoughts into actions.

Nikhil Sharma, Bilaspur

Modi must address Sikhs

This refers to the editorial A mandate for change (May 17). The nation needs to thank Narendra Modi for having ushered in a decisive government after nearly three decades. Development amid peace and harmony should be the priority of the new government.

Modi must address the losses suffered by the minorities, including Sikhs and Muslims, in riots. Sonia Gandhi's party seemed to have appeased the Sikhs by anointing Dr Manmohan Singh as the Prime Minister, but this has not been enough. On the contrary, the BJP’s record of integrating the Sikhs in Punjab has been good for many years.

Due to the anti-incumbency factor against the UPA, the Congress could not benefit much even though a similar sentiment prevails in Punjab against the SAD-BJP government. The revival for the Congress will need charismatic leaders such as Priyanka. But she will need at least three to five years of active participation at the grassroots.

Tejinder Singh Bedi, Gurgaon

BJP needs to deliver

Apropos the editorial “A mandate for change”, Modi’s landslide victory was possible due to his strong leadership quality. People were fed up with the weak and scam-ridden Congress. Hence, they look up to Narendra Modi to provide good governance while maintaining social harmony. AAP, at its own cost, has inadvertently played an important role in the BJP’s victory. Quite a chunk of votes that it had carved out in the Congress bastions have this time gone in the NDA kitty. However, credit must be given to AAP for its intangible contribution to the polity of the nation.

Col RD Singh (retd), Ambala Cantt

Come clean on Vadra

Much has been spoken during the election campaigns about Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra having been involved in alleged scandalous deals. Though Narendra Modi has stressed that he will not indulge in political vendetta against his rivals, it is important that allegations against the Gandhis are probed. If anyone is found guilty, appropriate action should be taken. But if the charges are proved baseless, it will be in favour of the Gandhis.

Madhu Agrawal, Delhi

No comparison

After losing the Lok Sabha election from Amritsar, Arun Jaitely has gone mentally bankrupt. He is comparing Ramdev with Mahatma Gandhi. To compare Ramdev with such a great person shows the mindset of such politicians who want to remain in the limelight. Ramdev has raised an empire of ~1,100 crore by means that are under the scanner. Jaitely should take back his words and apologise.

Rajinder Singh Rana, via email

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