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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 04, 2012
First Published: 22:17 IST(4/7/2012)
Last Updated: 22:25 IST(4/7/2012)

BSY's style of blackmail politics is taking a toll on the BJP's image
BS Yeddyurappa can stoop to any level to have the current Karnataka chief minister expelled (Yeddy sets deadline, wants Gowda out of CM's office by July 5, July 2). He is doing so because the honest and upright CM is not helping BSY escape punishment in the various graft cases that have been levelled against him. Though he has managed to get anticipatory bail, Yeddyurappa doesn't want to take any risk. He doesn't realise that he is tarnishing the BJP's reputation by making unreasonable demands. The party should not encourage BSY's blackmail and must expel him to set a precedent.
RB Easwaran, via email

Let's get serious about alcoholism
This refers to Aamir Khan's article The destroyer of all that is… good (Special to HT, July 2). Though the article and the corresponding episode of 'Satyamev Jayate' aim at creating awareness on a genuine social problem, alcoholism, I doubt if Khan's attempts will yield positive results. That's because people in India do not consider alcoholism as serious a problem as, say, female foeticide or dowry. We must make fighting alcoholism a priority.
Shantaram Shetty, via email

Book the guilty in the Adarsh scam
With reference to Adarsh scam: Chavan blames Deshmukh (June 30), it is appalling that former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan has shifted the blame for the Adarsh housing scam on his predecessor Vilasrao Deshmukh, who had blamed Chavan earlier, and other senior bureaucrats. It is a clear case of passing the buck. It's time to make sure that politicians don't get away with customary resignations until they come out clean and bureaucrats are not made scapegoats.
Murugesh Iyer, Thane


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