NOW THAT the opportunity of going to the people has come, at least the key players in the political arena should draw the right lessons from what the fractured mandates in the last two elections have entailed for the nation, and make it a point to forge alliances on the basis of well- defined and clearly spelt-out common agendas before seeking the mandate.
IF ONLY our political leaders and elected representatives had the nation's interest instead of their own in their minds, India's 13th Lok Sabha would have come only in 2006 AD. Sadly enough over the past three years, three governments were brought down, not over any contentious national issues or on a matter of principle, but on personal whims and ambitions.
THE MESSAGE people are likely to send out in these elections, as in the last two electoral exercises, is that they rely no more on the government of the day for roti, kapda and makaan, but it is their leadership that they lament. The voter fears that whatever the hawa that blows, it will be the same hot air.
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ONE HOPES that the 13th Lok Sabha will throw up a government that will have a stable majority and the resolution to rise above partisan pressures and act in these and other complex matters confronting it, in a manner that serves the national interest.