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Maharashtra elections

Sir, — The Maharashtra election verdict clearly reveals that the NCP-Congress combine polled only 41per cent of the votes ("How Maharashtra voted," Oct. 24).

In other words, 59 per cent voted against this alliance. How can it then claim a spectacular victory?

I commend The Hindu for publishing the findings to enable the readers to draw their own conclusion on the combine's claim.

R. Rajalakshmi,
Chennai

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Sir, — The data on the gender distribution of the votes are truly remarkable. They show the striking statistical significance of women's vote in favour of the Congress.

Though no rationale is offered, the voting pattern could be because of the Sonia Gandhi factor or an aversion to the policy of exclusion.

Contrary to the popular impression that women are status quoists, research shows that they favour inclusive politics. It is no surprise that they turned away from the BJP and the Shiv Sena.

R.C. Sekhar,
Manipal, Karnataka

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