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This refers to 'Exit polls predict a hat-trick for Narendra Modi, Cong edge in HP' (IE, December 18). According to the exit polls, the Congress may concede 19 seats from its 2007 tally in Gujarat. In Himachal Pradesh, it may form a shaky government. Will the Congress persist with Rahul Gandhi as its potential prime ministerial candidate? He does not seem to express firm opinions on the nation's most pressing issues.
— Mookhi Amir Ali
GUJARAT Chief Minister Narendra Modi's potential attempt to be the BJP's prime ministerial candidate seems to be fraught with obstacles. Factions of the NDA might not support Modi's candidature. Gujarat's 2002 communal riots may continue to taint his reputation. There are other BJP contenders for the job. It appears that they only support Modi in the Gujarat assembly elections in the larger interests of the party.
SAMAJWADI PARTY spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhry's observation that SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is being blackmailed by the UPA seems to be borne out by the statements of the two CBI directors who claim that the agency works under political pressure ('SP says UPA using CBI to blackmail Mulayam,' IE, December 17). It seems that, despite the SP's opposition, the UPA wanted to pass the controversial reservation-in-promotion bill for electoral reasons, without accounting for the large number of general category government employees. Reservation in promotion will allow a junior to secure a senior position and vice versa, a practice that may not be regarded as fair by all.
— Rukhsana Khan
DELHI has acquired the label of India's rape capital ('23-yr-old gangraped inside Delhi bus, thrown out', IE, December 18). While criminals feel emboldened to carry out such acts due to lax law enforcement, the victims have little hope of getting justice. Women feel vulnerable because the Delhi government seems to have failed to provide the safety and security they need. One possible solution is to increase the severity of the punishment for such crimes. This would instil fear of the law in the minds of potential criminals and serve as a deterrent against future occurences of rape.