June 10, 2015 12:05:39 am
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This refers to the editorial, ‘Under Nitish’ (IE, June 9). RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s acceptance of Nitish Kumar as the alliance’s chief ministerial candidate seems to convey that all is well between the two. Undoubtedly, Lalu’s mind speaks differently from his heart. He was made to agree to the deal and put his ego aside to ensure the BJP’s defeat. The editorial is correct that the agreement on a leader is a consequential step. But the contest is open and the coming together of the anti-BJP vote would be more important. It would be naïve to presume that this alliance would work miracles.
S. Kumar, Noida
That politicians make strange bedfellows is evident from the RJD-JD(U)-Congress alliance and the anointment of Nitish Kumar as their CM candidate. It’s time politicians stopped indulging in such political brinkmanship and making trivial electoral calculations every time their survival is threatened.
Shreyans Jain, New Delhi
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The JD(U)-RJD-Congress alliance may scare the BJP a bit but, on the whole, it cannot succeed. Because the people of Bihar know that Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Sharad Yadav are all “old wine in a new bottle”. On the other hand, the BJP is unlikely to garner enough votes to form a government on its own. The verdict is likely to result in a hung assembly. Those who have now chosen Nitish as their leader may also indulge in horse-trading later, with each party in the alliance putting up its own CM candidate.
R.K. Kapoor, Chandigarh
Bhaskar Chakravorti has hit the nail on the head by calling Narendra Modi the “reluctant inclusionist” (‘Reluctant inclusionist’, IE, June 9). As Gujarat CM, Modi was an exclusionist. Thus, he could bring speedy growth. As PM, he has realised the importance of talking about the poor. The exclusionary path is unfettered, but in a big country like India, the inclusionary path is the fittest. This speaks of Modi’s political maturity. But he seems to be an inclusionist by compulsion. If good sense prevails, he can capture millions of hearts and outwit his political rivals through inclusion.
Parthasarathy Sen, New Delhi
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