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President’s election

The exchange of words between the NDA and the UPA over the credentials of the UPA-Left combine’s presidential candidate Pratibha Patil have assumed the level of a brawl, to the detriment of the august office. With the Shiv Sena backing Ms. Patil, the NDA seems to have lost all its balance and has stooped to the level of pamphleteering against the UPA candidate forgetting that she was in fact Governor of a State ruled by the BJP till recently.

Never in the 60 years of independent India has the presidential election been degraded to such a low level.

N. Divakar,
Mysore

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The arithmetic is clearly in favour of the UPA and it is certain that Ms. Patil will be elected the first woman President of India with a comfortable majority. But the controversies surrounding her are unfortunate.

More unfortunate is the fact that the media have not projected the issue in a non-partisan manner.

C.V. Subbaraman,
Ahmedabad

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