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Sir, — The party in power always enjoys an unfair advantage at the time of elections. The BJP has taken full advantage by announcing sops for different category of voters, which might cause considerable loss to the exchequer. On top of it, it is spending huge amounts of taxpayers' money to propagate its achievements. The Prime Minister has categorically stated that all this is within the law. But it is as much the duty of the Government in power, as that of the Election Commission, to see that no party or alliance enjoys an unfair advantage, law or no law.

C.V. Sastry,

Kakinada, A.P.

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Sir, — Taking refuge behind the legal position, the Vajpayee Government continues to release advertisements in the electronic and print media involving crores of rupees. It is worth recalling that to ensure a level-playing field, Rajaji had advocated the idea of Ministers stepping down on the eve of elections.

Renga Sankaran,

Periyakulam, T.N.

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Sir, — The print and electronic media are utilised to the hilt by the Government to selli its "India shining campaign" to the voters. After deciding to advance the polls, the BJP-led NDA Government announced sops to influence the voters. And to think that it is being done by a party that claims that it is different.

S. Subramaniam,

Ramanathapuram, T.N.

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