The BJP has no manifesto yet (‘BJP no-show’, IE, April 5). It intends to make do with a chargesheet for the time being. It seems that its PM candidate does not believe in making promises either before or after the polls. The Congress, being old and traditional, seems to have issued one from its archives. The Left has the least problem presenting a manifesto, as this has not changed for half a century and more. Luckily, both the Senas have spared the nation from their weighty thoughts, busy as they are with each other. The Dravidian scenario is almost the same. Though the AIADMK came out with a manifesto, it is more busy working out the number of the combination to the southern lock. The electorate may well go into election 2014 without a voting guide. In this age of apps, manifestos are old hat.
This refers to ‘More than Modi’ by Pratap Bhanu Mehta (IE, April 4). Mehta has advanced cogent reasons for the evolution of the BJP into the strongest contender for power. There is no gainsaying the fact that Narendra Modi might have ruffled feathers among senior leaders such as Jaswant Singh. But he has been quite careful in not antagonising regional leaders like Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vaundhara Raje, Raman Singh and Manohar Parrikar. Apart from these influential chief ministers, regional leaders who have clout are also being nurtured. This policy appears to have worked to the advantage of Modi and the BJP. In comparison, the UPA dispensation, which is fighting a monstrous anti-incumbency wave, seems to rely on hollow promises and slogans.
— Chandramohan V.
Missing the point
The campaign for the Lok Sabha elections has been marred by a number of hate speeches. Sadly, the offenders, instead of showing any sign of remorse, seem to revel in their actions. This should be stopped immediately. This cannot be the democracy we boast of. One wonders why the various political parties can’t have public discussions and debates over the real issues, like poor industrial growth, low power production, poor health infrastructure, shaky educational infrastructure, uncontrollable inflation and rampant corruption.
Not so fast
This refers to ‘What Jayalalithaa wants’, by Sushila Ravindranath (IE, April 4). Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa seems to harbour prime ministerial ambitions and her sycophantic supporters have bolstered this impression. However, the leader and her followers have overlooked one simple fact. The party can, at the most, win 40 out of 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (which in itself is an unrealistic proposition). This is less than 10 per cent of the total number of seats in Parliament. Her reluctance to play second fiddle also rules out a lot of potential allies.
— C.V. Aravind