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The BJP’s tirade against the EC is unwarranted as the permission was denied on the basis of intelligence reports.

By: Express News Service |
Updated: May 10, 2014 12:57:21 am

Minority educational institutions are given autonomy and other privileges under the Constitution for a purpose (‘Minority schools not bound by RTE, says SC’, IE, May 7). They are supposed to educate children from their religion, especially weaker sections. But exempting them from RTE provisions is unfair, particularly when a major section of the minorities is still in need of education.

N. Ramamurthy (Chennai)

Do it yourself

While expressing its deep concern and anguish over the rising trend of frivolous litigation, the Supreme Court has asked the legislature to enact a “code for compensatory costs” that could deter such suits (‘Waste of time’, IE, May 7). With due respect, the court failed to notice that among the many cases choking court dockets, most have been filed by the government itself. The SC and high courts have time and again lamented this situation to no avail. Asking the legislature to address this problem seems futile. It is within the remit of the judiciary to nip this problem in the bud rather than passing the buck on to the government.

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R.K. Mathur (Ghaziabad)

Is EC biased?

Apropos of the report ‘EC biased, partisan: Modi’ (IE, May 9), the Election Commission has justified its refusal to allow Narendra Modi’s election rally in Varanasi for security reasons. Modi may be a high-profile target, but it is also a fact that he has addressed hundreds of election rallies across the country since campaigning started. Nowhere have his rallies or roadshows been disallowed for security reasons. Not permitting him to hold a rally in his own constituency is, therefore, justifiably questionable. It is the district administration’s job to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure Modi’s security.

M.C. Joshi (Lucknow)

Modi’s arrogance

This refers to ‘EC biased, partisan: Modi’ (IE, May 9). The BJP’s PM nominee, Narendra Modi, has made the grave and insensitive allegation against the Election Commission of being partisan by not granting him permission for his Varanasi rally. The BJP’s tirade against the EC is unwarranted as the permission was denied on the basis of intelligence reports. It is sad, shocking and shameful that a person who aspires to become prime minister behaves in such an irresponsible manner.

—  R.K. Kapoor (Chandigarh)

Anything’s possible

This refers to ‘Modi hints door not closed for tie-up with Jaya, Maya, Mamata’ (IE, May 9). Politics makes strange bedfellows. Even political parties that are at each other’s throats during election campaigns can make-up subsequently. The three politicians whom Narendra Modi is likely to woo in case the NDA falls short of a majority have been vocally critical of him, even suggesting that they would have nothing to do with him. Yet, the trio is also well versed in the art of real politik and will be able to sense an opportunity around the corner. They are highly ambitious and would agree to break bread with the NDA only on their terms. But if they stake a claim to the post of prime minister, that would be anathema to Modi.

—  C.V. Aravind (Bangalore)

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