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The task ahead

Sir, — The BJP has emerged a clear winner in the recently concluded State elections. The Congress faces a severe leadership crisis.

What the BJP needs to do now is to put the Ram temple issue on the backburner, eschew other controversial issues, and work for progress and peace.

S. Prasanna,
Salem, T.N.

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Sir, — In the wake of the Congress' debacle for want of dynamic leadership, it is better for Sonia Gandhi to relinquish her post as party president and withdraw from the political arena.

She should realise that it was not her capability that elevated her to the present status. It was only a compromise to save the dying party at that time.

K.V. Nair,
Kochi

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Sir, — Ms. Gandhi is not a vote-catcher, nor can she inspire the masses. In future, the Congress will find its bargaining power considerably diminished among its allies; they may not accept her as leader.

The Congress should develop a second line of leadership. State units should be given more freedom so that they command respect among the people.

R. Suryanarayanan,
Chennai

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Sir, — It will be prudent for the Congress to change its leadership to save the sagging image of the party.

P.K. Kalyanam,
Chennai

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Sir, — The people of all the five States deserve praise for they have given a clear mandate in favour of a single party, shattering the fears of hung Assemblies.

It is equally pleasing to note that the losing parties have taken their defeat in a sportive manner instead of making the usual allegation that the victors won through rigging and malpractices.

This certainly augurs well for democracy.

A.N. Krishnamoorthy,
Chittoor, A.P.

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Sir, — Another tape, this time audio, and another charge, this time against Ajit Jogi. Is this the reality of Indian democracy? Maligning one another's image has become the moola mantra of our political parties.

Nidhi Mishra,
Jaipur

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