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Keep politics out of the Presidency

A lot of mud-slinging has already taken place in the presidential election. Now, some objective criteria for selections should be put in place.

india Updated: Jul 14, 2007 23:59 IST

In Presidency's dirty Precedent (Counterpoint, July 8), Vir Sanghvi has aptly diagnosed the politics surrounding the presidential race. Political outfits are trying to play the cards of caste, religion and gender, to accrue maximum benefits. The UPA and NDA are casting aspersions on each other’s candidate. The President can be a decisive influence in government formation in the era of coalition politics. Pratibha Patil is a compromise forced by political compulsions. They could have gone beyond party politics and selected a candidate of a superior stature.

Ramesh Kumar Raja, Delhi

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A lot of mud-slinging has already taken place in the presidential election. Now, some objective criteria for selections should be put in place. President Kalam should have been given a second term but politics took precedence and he was denied it. The President’s post should not be an asylum for political retirees or a reward for political loyalty. The candidate should be elected by the people and not belong to any political party.

Rama Srinivasan, e-mail

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