There can be no second opinion that the “sheen has been taken off the Congress’s glorious victory in Karnataka” following allegations of bribery against Pawan Bansal’s nephew and Ashwani Kumar’s interference in the CBI’s status report in the coal blocks allocation scam, which was due for presentation to the Supreme Court, forcing them to resign (“Two down, what next?” May 11). But the resignations are too little too late. Had the Ministers resigned earlier, Parliament’s valuable time would not have been wasted.

Suddapalli Bhaskara Rao,

Muscat

The UPA government’s delayed action has caused irreparable damage to the image of the Congress. It should consider the Supreme Court’s suggestion to enact a law to insulate the CBI from governmental interference and make it an independent organisation.

Abhinav Raghav,

Pune

The Congress perhaps dragged its feet on the issue because of the Karnataka elections. Its action against the two Ministers certainly does not enhance people’s confidence in the party. All political parties should realise that people want those who are honest and committed at the helm. The 2014 election will be a great lesson to all parties and leaders.

Sudhakar Reddy Kalathuru,

Tirupati

The Congress has lost its credibility because of the spate of unchecked scams. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has given his Ministers a free hand. He does not seem to care for the ordinary taxpayer. A third innings for the UPA under the present circumstances is farfetched because the damage caused is beyond repair.

K.A. Subramanian,

Palakkad

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