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It’s time Mamata stopped being a token ally of the Centre

india Updated: Jun 18, 2012 21:33 IST

It’s time Mamata stopped being a token ally of the Centre
This refers to the report Cautious Cong goes easy on Didi (June 17). I congratulate the Congress for calling West Bengal chief minister Mamata Bane-rjee’s bluff on the issue of choosing the UPA’s presidential nominee. Pranab Mukherjee, who is praised by all political parties, including the Opposition, is the ideal candidate. We hope that he will bring his vast experience to count in the highest office in the country. Naming Somnath Chatterjee as a Bengali alternative is nothing but shallow, parochial politics on Banerjee’s part. It’s high time Banerjee stopped being a token ally of the UPA.
Agam Dhingra, Delhi

It’s undeniable that Mukherjee is the best candidate for the post of president. However, if there is a consensus and he becomes president, it would be difficult to find a minister of his calibre to take on the finance portfolio. The country is facing a severe economic crisis and we need someone who is as knowledgeable as Mukherjee to manage the situation.
Janga Sunuwar, via email

Take the pressure off cities
With reference to the editorial Make every drop count (Our Take, June 15), various studies have shown that our metropolitan cities, like Chennai and Delhi, are ill-equipped to provide their citizens with water. Inter-state fights over water-sharing have begun this year too. It’s time the government realised that rapid urbanisation is responsible for the deepening water crisis in various cities. The government must develop second-tier cities and create more job opportunities so that people from rural areas are not forced to move to the metros.
Robi Som, via email

First Published: Jun 18, 2012 21:31 IST