Ajit Pawar must reap the bitter harvest of his unseemly conduct
With reference to the editorial Bottom of the barrel (April 9), Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar’s insensitive and grotesque remarks on drought and load-shedding mark a new low in public discourse. It is high time Pawar resigned from his post not only for his derogatory remarks but also because the drought in a large part of the state, said to be the worst since 1972, is man-made. A Right to Information query recently revealed that water from the dams is being diverted to irrigate sugarcane fields — a majority of which are owned and controlled by politicians. The Maharashtra government must not only take action against Pawar but also correct the skewed water distribution pattern.
Vijay Patil, Pune
By exhibiting political immaturity and by ridiculing the 55-day hunger strike of Bhaiyya Deshmukh, a farmer from a drought-hit area, Pawar has stepped on a political landmine. Given the kind of political arrogance he has exhibited, it would be improper for him to continue in office. His disingenuous apology won’t work and the NCP should expel him from the party.
YG Chouksey, via email
Seeing Modi in a new positive light
With reference to the report In PM mode, Modi spells out strategy on big issues (April 9), by making appearances in various cities, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is trying to build a pan-India image and his speech at the FICCI Ladies Organisation was part of this big plan. It seems that finally people are seeing him in a new light and he has shaken off the negative image that his detractors, including the Congress, had created. It’s time his detractors realise that the more they talk about him, the more public attention he will get.
Bapu Satyanarayana, via email