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Minimum govt

Now that the electoral dust has settled after hectic political activity and a clear mandate has emerged in favour of BJP, it is hoped that the new government will get going with the business of effective governance.

The first challenge is the formation of a prudent council of ministers. Given the fact that there are no coalition compulsions this time, the size of the ministry should be as small as possible. It is further hoped that the emphasis will be on quality. There is also a need to merge a few ministries and their departments so that multiplicity is avoided and wasteful expenditure of public money curbed. The new PM should constitute a task force immediately for this purpose. This step would be in consonance with Narendra Modi’s slogan of “minimum government, maximum governance'.

VM Tandon, Panchkula

Stable govt, at last

In the recently held parliamentary elections, voters dutifully turned up in large numbers to exercise their franchise. And, they gave a verdict for the formation of a stable government at the Centre, something that has been eluding the country for the last about three decades.

Now we can hope for the fulfilment of our aspirations, such as an end to corruption and moneylaundering, good education, health, housing, infrastructural and industrial development, law and order, foreign policy, internal and external security.

With a stable government at the helm, India can move forward and emerge as a world leader.

Er KK Sood, Nangal

Modi must deliver

The landslide victory in favour of the BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi has decimated the ruling Congress party, which had no success story to talk about during its 10-year stint in office, but only had a surfeit of scams, scandals and inflation and dispensing a bad model of governance.

The clear mandate in favour of the saffron party sets the ball rolling for the much-touted “achhe din” (better days). Modi needs to walk the extra mile with measured steps, as India is far bigger than Gujarat. Modi must deliver.


End loose talk

Jaitley, a highly learned person, belies his own learning by comparing Baba Ramdev to the Father of the Nation. Probably, his defeat in the elections has unhinged Jaitley and clouded his thinking. Most of Baba’s utterings were quite distasteful and his remark that “Rahul visits Dalit homes for honeymoon” was indecent and vulgar. The Baba is always asking for the black money stored in foreign banks to be brought back to India. He is right in this respect, but what about his alleged assets in foreign lands given to him by his devotees? He is going out of his way to welcome the new PM and government to save his skin from various investigations about his alleged misdeeds.

He should concentrate on serving the people by his yoga healing exercises. He should find some yoga exercise to control his loose tongue.

And, Jaitley should also do some yoga to improve his random thoughts and mutterings.

LJ Singh, Amritsar

Eat your words, Jaitley

I agree with the reader Rajinder Singh Rana that Jaitley should apologise and take back his words for comparing Ramdev with Mahatma Gandhi. They are poles apart. While one showed the right path to a large swathe of humanity, the other used religion to make a business empire.

Baba Ramdev will do well to remember that yoga without self-control is nothing more than a physical exercise. A wise man controls speech in his mind.

Bhartendu Sood, via email

Will Cong learn?

The Congress High Command has taken the first right step of accepting full responsibility for the severe drubbing the party faced in the Lok Sabha elections.

The next important step is for the leaders to resign from their respective posts and pave the way for a talented, strong and decisive and aggressive leaders/workers. Lakhs of Congressmen will appreciate the gesture and it may boost their low morale. Whether the Congress will learn any lesson from its defeat, only time will tell.

Raj Kumar Sharma, Kurukshetra

Arrogance did SAD in

The editorial “Will the captains stand up?” (May 20) is thought provoking. The poor electoral performance in spite of the Modi wave has forced SAD-BJP to introspect. I feel that SAD-BJP ignored the sentiment of the common people under the hypnotising influence of power and arrogance, along with a misconception of its good record of development.

Public perception of corruption and control of every aspect of people’s lives by the Badals and Majithias, whether it be sand, transport, cable, real estate and education, has impacted the SAD-BJP performance and will certainly play an important role in the Assembly elections scheduled for 2017. It is time to correct the public perception.

Dr Vitull K. Gupta, Bathinda

Trust in Modi

By and large, the people have reposed trust in Narendra Modi. Some events like brutal murders, rapes, violence against women, ineffective police force, unemployment, poverty, hunger, corruption and involvement of ministers in scams, steep hikes in the prices of essential commodities, regional disparities and lack of discipline have led to the fall of the Congress. The saffron party must understand that good governance lies in the unity of the masses on vital issues concerning society.


A vote for change

The 16th Lok Sabha election is not just a party’s win, but also the people’s win. People voted for change, risingall factors like cast, creed, region or religion. We also saw a change in states like UP, Bihar etc. Political parties should take this LS election as a lesson. It shows that voters want candidates who deliever on promises.

Rohit Sharma, Bilaspur



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