March 4, 2015 4:01:35 am
This refers to ‘House heat on on Mufti remarks, ally BJP frowns and bears it’ (IE, March 3). It is indeed unfortunate that within an hour of taking over as J&K chief minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, head of the historic alliance, which took months of painstaking negotiations to stitch, between the BJP and the PDP, two ideologically different parties with contradictory lines, issued a thoughtless and provocative statement thanking Pakistan and its crony militants as well as Hurriyat separatists for allowing the polls to be held in peace in the state. He overlooked the brave J&K voters who defied terrorist threats and went to the polling booths in unprecedented numbers in order to exercise their democratic right to elect a government. The CM also ignored the crucial role played by the Election Commission and the Central and local security forces to ensure that the elections were peaceful. One wonders how an experienced politician like Mufti could be so casual and unconcerned about the serious consequences of his indiscreet and explosive remarks. Also, the views expressed by some of his MLAs on the Afzal Guru episode are ill-timed and unfortunate.
— M. Ratan
What prompted the J&K CM to praise Pakistan and the separatists for allowing assembly elections to be held in peace? Rather, he should have thanked the Election Commission, the state police and the army for overseeing the smooth conduct of polls. Second, PDP MLAs are now demanding that the mortal remains of Afzal Guru be handed over. This is deeply offensive. The million dollar question is: how will the BJP and the PDP, which are polls apart ideologically, run the show for the next six years?
— N.R. Ramachandran
More of the same
On February 27, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the Lok Sabha that the MGNREGA is a “living monument to the 60 years of failure of Congress rule”. But within 24 hours, his finance minister, Arun Jaitley, announced in the budget speech that the highest ever amount of funds would be set aside for the programme — Rs 34,699 crore. Funds permitting, another Rs 5,000 crore could be added during the course of the year. Modi loves criticising the Congress and raising peoples hopes and aspirations. But he only ended up doing more of what the Grand Old Party did.
— C. Koshy John
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Apropos ‘Will vote against NDA land bill, says “unhappy” BJD’ (IE, March 3). Rather than suggesting an alternative roadmap or amendments, the BJD, lacking a clear vision, is just playing party-politics to gain cheap publicity.
— A.D. Choudhury
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