We have seen in the recent past that the Congress and the BJP have been on the same side on many issues. Many important bills have been passed by the UPA government with the help of the Opposition. In case both these parties together get around 300 seats in the coming elections, it will be in the best interests of the country that they combine to form a majority government. All the contentious issues can be set aside for at least the next five years. The question is: will they do it?

B. Ramanathan,

Puducherry

Any government that is formed without a national party being associated with it will be a disaster, given the kind of regional parties and leaders we unfortunately have in India. Without a shared vision, a national perception and outlook, and experience or competence in national governance, the so-called third alternative could end up as an alliance that is keen on their share of power and territory. The growth of the AAP as one more national party is to be welcomed. Voters must be educated to vote only for national parties in the polls.

A.N. Lakshmanan,

Bangalore

The BJP is finding new allies with ease in almost all the States. This is in contrast to the Congress, which is struggling even to retain its previous allies (‘BJP set to get an ally in TDP,’ March 9). With such a scenario prevailing well ahead of the general election, one can easily predict the outcome of the election. The manner in which UPA leaders such as M. Karunanidhi and Sharad Pawar are showering praise on Narendra Modi, indicates that many more parties will support the BJP after the polls.

Kshirasagara Balaji Rao,

Mallepally, Andhra Pradesh

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