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india Updated: Sep 17, 2013 23:44 IST

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Opposition is politicising the prime minister’s Muzaffarnagar visit
This is with reference to PM, Sonia,Rahul vow justice(September 17). Manmohan Singh’s Muzaffarnagar visit has unnecessarily been politicised by Opposition parties. As prime minister, it is Singh’s prerogative to visit areas that have been affected by riots. I feel he should have gone there earlier to console the victims, considering the Akhilesh Yadav government’s failure to control the riots since they broke out on August 27. The governor’s adverse report on the state government should have prompted the PM to tour the area. With little hope in sight, Manmohan Singh’s soothing words would have done wonders for the people affected by one of the worst riots to have hit the state.
Ganapathi Bhat, Akola

Fixation over Narendra Modi points to a lack of leadership
With reference to One size does not fit all (Left Hand Drive, September 17) Sitaram Yechury has rightly mentioned that India has no dearth of leaders. The article seems to be aimed at the RSS and BJP for choosing Narendra Modi as the party’s PM candidate. While they argue that Modi is a popular leader, for many people he is associated with the 2002 Gujarat riots. Gujarat has developed not because of Modi but because of the entrepreneurship of the people of that state. He is not for ‘vikas’ but will lead to ‘vinash’. The fixation over Modi shows that in a country of a hundred billion people there is a serious leadership void.
Mirza Jawed Alam Baig, Delhi

LK Advani will not do anything to wreck the party he formed
With regard to Three days on, Advani falls in line and hails Modi’s progress model (September 17), the BJP patriarch has demonstrated time and again that he is a mature politician and will not do anything to wreck the party despite being sidelined. There is nothing wrong if Advani nurses an ambition to become the PM. His pivotal role in shaping the party and making it what it is today cannot be overlooked. The 2014 elections will be his last chance to become the PM and he should not have been denied the chance.
KV Seetharamaiah, Karnataka

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