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Hindustan Times
April 16, 2013
First Published: 23:58 IST(16/4/2013)
Last Updated: 00:02 IST(17/4/2013)

The BJP should not hesitate to call Nitish Kumar’s bluff

Senior JD(U) leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s reservations over Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s secular credentials smack of double standards (Nitish gives BJP time till December to ditch Modi, April 15).

It was during Kumar’s tenure as railway minister that the 2002 Godhra riots started. Far from resigning in protest, he did not even bother to criticise Modi for the riots then. The fact that he is not likely to be projected as the NDA’s prime ministerial candidate seems to be the reason behind his sudden concern about being secular. The BJP should not hesitate to call his bluff.

Hirendra Chatterjee, via email

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Kumar’s unfettered criticism of Modi seems to be a matter of prejudice and not policy. Moreover, selection of its prime ministerial candidate is the NDA’s internal matter and by raking up the issue at various public fora, Nitish Kumar is doing a terrible disservice to the alliance and the BJP.

R Natarajan, via email

Becoming a law unto themselves

With reference to the editorial The force is not with you (Our Take, April 15), if recent instances of police atrocities in many parts of the country are anything to go by, the police have become a law unto themselves.

It is appalling that because of archaic laws, political interference and the lackadaisical approach of the police, the people are denied a force that is fair, independent and efficient. It is to be realised that in the absence of better policing, stringent laws alone cannot guarantee justice. If we are to prevent more crimes, police reforms must be initiated at the earliest in letter and spirit.

RL Pathak, Delhi

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