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President's Rule

Sir, — President's Rule in Bihar might have ended the post-elections deadlock. But the people's vote has been rendered useless. Their expectation of having a popular government has been belied because of the political parties' uncompromising stand both before and after the polls. The LJP leader, Ram Vilas Paswan, should rethink his stance.

B. Ananthan,
Thanjavur, T.N.

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Sir, — Mr. Paswan has realised his objective of preventing the RJD from coming to power again. A spell of President's Rule is surely welcome in the State. But all the parties should sincerely make efforts to form a popular government soon.

Salahuddin Qasmi,
Saharanpur, U.P.

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Sir, — The Governor should have invited the RJD, the single largest party, to form the government. President's Rule should have been imposed only if the RJD alliance had failed to prove its majority.

Aravind Sridhar,
New Delhi

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Sir, — This refers to BJP leader Arun Jaitley's claim that the mandate in Bihar was against the RJD (March 9). If the Bihar verdict did not favour the RJD, there was no indication that the voters preferred the rival claimants to power — the NDA or the LJP — either. If the NDA's claim to government formation is right in Jharkhand, the RJD's claim to power is equally justified in Bihar. Proving majority on the floor of the Assembly is what matters in a parliamentary system.

D.S. Naidu,
Visakhapatnam, A.P.

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Sir, — If Mr. Paswan's sole aim is to keep the Lalu-Rabri Devi combine out of power, he should come forward to lead Bihar with Nitish Kumar as his deputy. This is a wonderful opportunity for him to serve the people of Bihar. While President's Rule may be an easy way out, it is also necessary to respect the people's verdict.

Palayanur N. Mani,
Chennai

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Sir, — Though against the spirit of democracy, President's Rule will allow Bihar to breathe easy, with some respite from lawlessness and pathetic governance. Not only has Lalu Prasad's wishful thinking of "I-am-still-in-power" taken a beating, the populace too will have time to reflect and throw up a better verdict if there is a re-election.

Alok Srivastava,
New Delhi

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Sir, — President's Rule is an opportunity for the Centre to appoint a new set of upright and bold administrators to restore some order in the State. Let us hope it will succeed in weeding out corruption and putting the State on the path of progress.

A.K. Tharien,
Oddanchatram, T.N.

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