Congress must take allies into confidence on big-ticket reforms
With reference to the editorial Keep your allies close (Our Take, July 22), it is very clear that there is too much infighting in the UPA and that the Con-gress has failed to follow the coalition dharma. The party has taken allies for granted over issues like petrol price hike, foreign direct investment in retail and presidential elections. The latest stand-off between the Sharad Pawar-led National Congress Party and the Congress shows that the latter needs to be much more flexible and understanding. Rather than bowing to the diktats of allies at the eleventh hour, the Con-gress must take them into confidence before taking decisions on vital issues. This is crucial because the party does not want to delay key policy reforms.
Bal Govind, Noida
Maruti clash: arrest the culprits
This refers to the report Maruti lockout begins, killers still roam free (July 22). The recent incident of violence at Maruti’s Manesar plant that led to the death of a senior human resource manager is a blot on our country’s corporate image. At a time when India’s investment climate has faced flak globally, such incidents can discourage multi-national companies from investing here. It is appalling that despite witnessing similar incidents in Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Coimbatore, the government could not nip the violent labour dispute in the bud. In the larger interests of the economy and democracy, the government should arrest the culprits as quickly as possible.
RJ Khurana, Bhopal
Setting the stage for Rahul
This refers to the report Rahul set for larger role at last (July 20). The comments by Salman Khurshid and Digvijaya Singh that party general secretary Rahul Gandhi must play a more active role in the Congress as well as the government seem to be a part of a plan to set the stage for the heir apparent.
Mathew Oommen, Pune