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The Sri Lanka election results make it clear that people want to live for democracy, in a democracy and by democracy.

January 14, 2015 12:12:54 am

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Campaign capital
THIS refers to the report, ‘Delhi to vote on Feb 7, results on Feb 10’ (IE, January 13). With the Election Commission announcing the poll date for Delhi, a heated political campaign will resume. It’s interesting to see that the AAP is already in election mode and is the only party that has declared candidates for all 70 assembly seats. The Congress is in a political dilemma, as some of its top leaders are unwilling to contest; maybe they have already read the writing on the wall. The BJP intends to win these elections by riding on the so-called Modi wave again. Opinion polls indicate that the BJP and the AAP will be neck and neck, with the Congress relegated to a poor third. But then, politics is also known for “miracles”. So let’s wait and watch.
— S.Kumar

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ON FEBRUARY 7, Delhi will pick its government once again. It is popularly felt that this will be a tussle between the AAP and the BJP. The BJP is looking stronger this time. The AAP lost a lot of supporters when it abandoned government after just 49 days in the state assembly. The Congress is out of the race because of its corrupt MLAs.
— Adil Husain

Damage control
APROPOS ‘After embarrassment, BJP issues notice to Sakshi Maharaj for his “4 kids” remark’ (IE, January 13), the party’s notice to its MP, Sakshi Maharaj, is a step in the right direction. But the action would have been more credible if it had been taken immediately after Sakshi’s injunction to Hindu women to have four children each. Initially, the party had distanced itself from Sakshi’s comment. But the opposition’s criticism seems to have forced the BJP to act. Earlier, Sakshi had had to apologise in Parliament for calling Nathuram Godse a “patriot”. Loose-tongued party leaders and members associated with campaigns like “love jihad” and “ghar wapsi” are harming the Narendra Modi government and derailing the prime minister’s development agenda. The party must deal with them sternly.
— M.C. Joshi

Democracy now
THE Sri Lanka election results make it clear that people want to live for democracy, in a democracy and by democracy (‘Colomobo collective’, IE, January 13). Only leaders who work for the people and deliver good governance are acceptable. Whether it’s India, Egypt or Sri Lanka, people have shown that the source of authority lies with them. The message is clear: “You give us good governance, we’ll give you support. You don’t work for us, we don’t need you anymore.”
— Shifa Sikri

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