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It’s reassuring to witness this vote for stability and clear policy — not only has the Congress itself done very well....


May 19, 2009 10:14:12 pm

•The UPA has emerged a clear winner (‘Hands down’,IE,May 17). It’s reassuring to witness this vote for stability and clear policy — not only has the Congress itself done very well,but its allies have done so too. While the Congress made a spectacular comeback in Uttar Pradesh after many years,its ally,the Trinamool Congress,has finally overtaken the Left in West Bengal. The DMK also bellied predictions by holding on to Tamil Nadu. The Congress’s victory has some striking parallels with the US presidential election last year. Like the Democrats,it cut across various divides and won diverse votebanks. The BJP,much like the Republicans,managed to hold on only to its traditional electorate,without consolidating in new territory. The striking point of departure is of course the fact that the Indian electorate voted for continuity rather than change. The Congress must now utilise the mandate and help Manmohan Singh to do his job.

— Karan Thakur Manchester

After 2009

•Even if the results of 2009 surprised some,they are a fair outcome. It’s a mature verdict to say the least; the Indian electorate has shown that it is sophisticated and discerning enough to know what’s best. Across states,voters have shown an almost zero-tolerance towards non-performers. But,as citizens of India,we must not forget to thank the Election Commission for making 2009 one of our smoothest and most significant elections. This might be the beginning of a turnaround in the way democracy works in our country.

— Samrat Sengupta Kolkata

Room of UPA’s own

•Indian voters have firmly demonstrated that they cannot be taken for a ride anymore. Certainly,the most striking feature of the verdict is the universal rejection of spoilers and cynical opportunists. The people have also given the Congress and UPA the necessary room to devise and implement policy without hindrance.

— S.K. Gupta Chandigarh

Negative voting?

•This refers to the editorial ‘Lasting freshness’,(IE,May 18). The Congress hasn’t won a decisive,positive mandate. It has rather benefited from votes against a directionless opposition. After all,the Congress’s record of managing the UPA since 2004 is not inspiring. It not only allowed itself to be held hostage by the Left till July last year but it also compromised policy severely by easily giving in to much smaller allies or its own ministers. Remember Ramadoss and AIIMS or Arjun Singh?

— Kedarnath R. Aiyar Mumbai

Congress’s firmness

•After the heat and dust of campaigning and voting,after the uncertainty of exit polls,things can settle into the “boring” calm of democracy again. India is lucky to have been spared an unstable and unprincipled coalition in the 15th Lok Sabha. The voters have shown who they prefer and the Congress,on its part,must be firm with its allies from the start.

— Mohd Y. Ansari Meerut

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