Smooth sailing

Smooth sailing

* This refers to 'Race for PM post: Mulayam says will depend on situation in 2014' (IE, December 3). Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is unlikely to enter the prime ministerial race at present. It is no longer a secret that the strongman of Uttar Pradesh, who missed the bus by a whisker when H.D. Deve Gowda took over as PM in 1996, has been nursing ambitions of climbing to the top position. But he is not likely to make his ambitions public so soon. With his son perched in the chief minister's chair, and the obvious advantage that UP has in terms of numbers in Parliament, Mulayam perhaps feels politically secure. At the moment, he is keeping his cards close to the chest. Both the Congress and the BJP will need political allies to secure a majority at the Centre in the upcoming national elections. Widely seen as a leader who can garner minority votes, Mulayam will be in great demand as the elections approach.

— Ganapathi Bhat

Akola

Lip service

* APROPOS 'Keep talking' (IE, December 3), on settling the India-China boundary dispute, the two countries must negotiate with the aim to build a productive bilateral partnership. However, India should remember that this line of action failed with Pakistan over Jammu and Kashmir, even with a master negotiator like Swaran Singh on our side. China's neighbours must be cautious of its expansionist foreign policy.

— Manjit Singh Juneja

Mohali

Modi's turn

* IT IS not surprising, perhaps, that the Aam Aadmi Party chief, Arvind Kejriwal, accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of giving undue favours to some companies ('Arvind Kejriwal flays Narendra Modi, says "vikas purush" gave away crores to favoured industrialists', IE, December 4). Allegations against Modi should be properly investigated.

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