The editorial “Hat-trick of triumphs” (Oct. 23) has succinctly evaluated the situation in the political arena following the recent Assembly elections. The Congress should take the victory as a challenge thrown at it for fulfilling the rising expectations of the people. However, a one-party rule without an effective Opposition does not auger well for democracy. It is obvious that a two-party system should evolve, providing a real opportunity for the BJP to play a vital role. A tall leader needs to rise in the BJP to facilitate this process. No party can prosper unless the leaders and the followers stand united.

K.S.Thampi,

Chennai

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The Maharashtra victory is particularly significant given that the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party combine has been ruling the State for 10 years and had to contend with the anti-incumbency factor, not to speak of 26/11. In Haryana, overconfidence appears to have affected the Congress. The party can count itself lucky for reaching within striking distance to retain power. The results in Arunachal Pradesh were on expected lines. Keshav’s cartoon (Oct. 23) superbly depicted the Congress poll victories. As you have aptly pointed out in the editorial, the Congress can have reasons for satisfaction, there is absolutely no ground for euphoria.

J. Anantha Padmanabhan,

Srirangam

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