Letters to the editor

Published: May 21, 2016 6:16:33 AM

India rejecting Congress?

India rejecting Congress?

Apropos of the edit “Congress-mukt Bharat” (FE, May 20), I fully endorse the view that the really big takeaway from the Assembly election results in four states is that prime minister Narendra Modi’s dream of a Congress-mukt Bharat just got that much closer as the Congress party, which was ruling in 13 states in 2014, is now down to six states. Data reveals that the BJP and allies, despite getting only six seats, were able to further consolidate their vote-share in West Bengal which rose to 11% as compared to 4% in the last elections. However, the voters’ biggest windfall for the BJP truly came in Assam. The editorial very rightly traces the footsteps of the BJP’s success story in Assam. The BJP should not be overly euphoric, too. It should avoid reading too much here as it still has a long way to go to make its presence really felt in the Rajya Sabha, its main road block in ushering in of the long-awaited economic reforms in the economy.

Kumar Gupt , Panchkula (Haryana)

Assembly election results

There are lessons to draw from the Assembly election results in the south and the east/north-east. It is a reflection of how parties across the political spectrum that fail to feel the pulse of the voters and continue with the rhetoric of hitting out at political opponents and make tall promises or implement unpopular measures under the garb of “people-centric policies” are ultimately rejected by the force of the ballot. The incumbent AIADMK government being voted to govern the second time is a positive sign. Congress being trounced across all the states is a clear indication that the party is loathed to shed its century-old image. Mamata Banerjee’s TMC retaining its power in West Bengal points to her popularity as well as the success of her schemes.

R Prabhu Raj, Bengaluru

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