•With Lok Sabha elections due to begin in a few weeks,the political ground is being manipulated for securing the prime ministerial seat (Hot seat,IE,March 16). The so-called Third Front implies danger because of the many PM aspirants. The ideal situation would be a straight fight between the Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA. The candidates from the two national parties would be more desirable from a governance and policy perspective. They are more likely to have national agendas,with commensurate worldviews. In any case,people ought to come out and exercise their democratic right to vote.
A party divided
•The appointment of Arun Jaitley as the BJPs chief election strategist had been an intelligent move. However,the party president,Rajnath Singh,appears to have other designs in giving Sudhanshu Mittal a big responsibility for the partys poll strategies in the Northeast. This act ultimately does seem to undermine Jaitley (Divide in BJP poll panel…,IE,March 14). Rajnath Singh ought to look into the reservations many BJP members have about Mittal. Meanwhile,the development shows how bad things are within the BJP on election eve.
•More often than not one is led to feel that our political class is indifferent to our cherished values (Its your vote and Historic question,IE,March 14). There are parties across the spectrum promoting the interests of their dominant leaders rather than principles. H.D. Deve Gowdas JD(S) with its record over Karnataka coalition formations is an example of such opportunism and self-seeking,as are Mayawatis BSP and Mulayam Singh Yadavs SP. These parties keep changing their alliances depending on whos offering them more,and keeping out their arch adversaries.
M.K.D. Prasada Rao
Time to go?
•Asif Ali Zardaris lack of experience in the nuances of Pakistani politics seems to be taking its toll,with the opposition coming together against him (Marchs on?,IE,March 16). Zardari has emerged weaker from his confrontation with the Sharifs. With Sundays mass demonstrations,it increasingly seems that his days in power are numbered. As it happens,his government has no control over large parts of the country. Zardari can perhaps save the government by making a quiet and prompt exit.
•The coinages of good and bad Taliban by the Obama administration may do happy rounds in Washington DCs policy circles,but it may not mean anything on the Afghan terrain itself,where the real Taliban dwell. Obama had talked tough on Afghanistan,but now it seems that he too,like George W. Bush,miscalculated the Talibans strength.
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