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To focus on developments in Sri Lanka,the chief minister of Tamil Nadu called a bandh on Thursday....

April 27, 2009 12:50:50 am

• To focus on developments in Sri Lanka,the chief minister of Tamil Nadu called a bandh on Thursday (‘Govt cautious but… ‘,IE,April 23). Not all the people of Tamil Nadu support the cause of the LTTE and its violent methods. But as a precautionary step,many people closed businesses and shops. Those manning public transport also joined for the same reason. Public life was paralysed. The common people were greatly inconvenienced. Earlier the Supreme Court had come down heavily and banned all bandhs,especially when they are sponsored by a government in power and by its leaders. But the Central government seems to have turned a blind eye.

— K.Venkataraman



•L.K. Advani’s promise to bring back the unaccounted Indian money in Swiss banks is difficult to believe. As per media reports,we should not forget that the US government failed to get UBS to spill the names of all the secret accounts believed to be operated by Americans. It only revealed 250-300 clients and paid $780 million in fines. Yes,after the PIL in the apex court,whichever party comes to power after the general election,the government must approach these countries and banks to furnish the requisite information and also arrange to bring back the huge amount of undeclared money.

— Bidyut K. Chatterjee


Old mistakes

• The remark of Union Railway Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad that the Congress was responsible for not saving the Babri Masjid from being demolished in 1992 cannot be dismissed lightly (‘Cong too responsible…’,IE,April 18). Had the Central forces,which were held at bay on the fateful day,been effectively deployed,the tragedy could have been averted.

— Suman Kukal



•It’s amazing that our country’s political parties have crossed the limits in failing to select appropriate candidates as today we are witnessing several parliamentary candidates who are either convicted criminals or have a criminal background. Political parties are trying to malign each other’s images by employing all sorts of dirty means in a scramble for power. But what they are missing are the major issues.

— Harpreet Sandhu


Percentage sign

• The low turnout in the first two rounds of voting in General Elections 2009 should warm the hearts of the Congressmen (‘Quiet second phase’,IE,April 24). Whenever the percentage of polling has hovered around the 50 per cent mark in the past Lok Sabha polls,the results have tended to go in favour of the grand old party. The only exceptions were in the 1977 and,to a lesser extent,during the 1999 elections,when a heavy franchise was exercised by the electorate that resulted in the dethronement,or defeat,of the Congress.

— Arun Malankar


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