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Confidence vote

Sir, — The winning of the confidence vote by Arjun Munda in the Jharkhand Assembly has vindicated the NDA's stand that it indeed had the support of a majority. It is also clear that the action of Governor Syed Sibtey Razi in installing Shibu Soren as Chief Minister was against all constitutional norms. The Supreme Court's observation that the move was against the Constitution also seems appropriate. Either Mr. Razi should resign or the Centre should recall him.

Priya M. Meenakshi,
Chennai

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Sir, — The NDA has won the confidence vote for now. But how long the Munda Government will remain in power is difficult to tell. In view of the fact that the Government is dependent on independents, it can be easily destabilised. With several States returning hung Assemblies, a mechanism should be evolved to avoid frequent destabilisation.

N. Lakshminarayanan,
Kallidaikurichi, T.N.

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Sir, — Mr. Munda has proved his majority with the help of five independent legislators. But what is the guarantee that they will not shift their loyalty to the UPA if offered better terms?

T. Vasanthi,
Chennai

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Sir, — Was the procedure adopted by Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari — a head count — a sound one? Would it not have been better if he had followed the secret ballot, especially when the atmosphere was surcharged and the result so narrow?

C.G. Sivakumaran,
New Delhi

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Sir, — Now that the Jharkhand issue has come to an end, let us hope Mr. Munda works for the people. Let us also hope the Opposition does not disrupt the functioning of the House.

Most importantly, let us hope the Government lasts its five-year term so that the taxpayers' money is not wasted on another election.

M.R. Prasad,
Coimbatore

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Sir, — The Congress seems to be doing everything wrong, whether it is to do with the pre-electoral alliance in Bihar or post-electoral management in Jharkhand.

Abdul Monim,
Mumbai

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