The editorial Statutory warning (IE,February 21) undoubtedly echoes the feelings of a vast majority of Indians that the Congress is being both authoritarian and unwise in its proposed move to curb the Election Commissions powers regarding the code of conduct for fair polls. Its amazing that the partys main fire-fighter and peace-maker,Pranab Mukherjee,is heading the GoM for this job. Why does the ruling entity,already under siege,seem bent on destroying whatever little credibility it has left? Isnt it a sure sign of a death wish?
M. Ratan,New Delhi
The call for the Congress-led UPA to abandon its plan to undercut the EC comes not a day too late (Statutory warning,IE,February 21). Indeed,this move by the Congress is only the latest in a series of attempts to compromise and destroy all institutions CVC,CAG and PAC to name a few that together make up the the system of checks and balances that protect our democracy. The ongoing attempts by the government to censor the internet must be viewed in the same light. The Congress is exhibiting all the recklessness and arrogance of power that brought India under Emergency in 1975.
Is it not ironic that Rahul Gandhi keeps repeating that his partys goal is a powerful Lokpal,as powerful as the EC? At the same time,the Congress is reportedly keen to rob the EC of teeth.
It cannot be a coincidence that one senior Congress leader after another is challenging the EC in Uttar Pradesh. Although one can say a lot of things in the heat of the moment,coming from senior politicians and ministers,such things dont sound good for our democracy. Restraint is the virtue all senior politicians are expected to possess. And the Congress,as the oldest political outfit,should set the example.
The attitude of the media to Udhav Thackerays leadership of the Shiv Sena,after its success in the recently held BMC elections,illustrates the adage Nothing succeeds like success. The media is paying glowing tributes to Udhavs planning and execution of the campaign. Whereas,till about a week ago,it had described his leadership as lacklustre,practically writing him off Mumbais political scene. This reminds one of the cocktail party where an executive points to a shy and unimpressive person and asks his friend,Whos that lean and lanky guy in the corner? When the friend says its the MDs nephew who will soon take over the firm,the executive exclaims,Oh! You mean that tall and stately person? Yes,his personality shows in his demeanour.
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