After the elections to the Karnataka Assembly, the single largest party was kept out of power by the two parties that contested against each other. Now one of them which carries the suffix `secular,' has no problem closing ranks with the communal BJP. For its part, the BJP, the larger party in the proposed coalition, is prepared to support the Ministry of the minority party. Present-day politicians are time and again playing with the lives of the people. It is time people gave clearer verdicts.

R.K. Thommandra,
Hyderabad

Despite being the single largest party in the State, the BJP is ready to play second fiddle to the JD (S), which has given the go-by to its secular roots to align with the so-called communal BJP.

V. Vinoth,
Tindivanam, T.N.

Why the hue and cry over JD (S) leaders courting the BJP? When the Congress can run the UPA Government by hobnobbing with communists, foe-turned-friend DMK and other fringe groups, what is wrong in the BJP supporting the prodigal son?

H.P. Murali,
Bangalore

The Congress, which has been used to power for over four decades, cannot allow other parties to thrive. It can neither manage a steamrolling majority nor get along with coalition partners. Its big brother attitude does not allow small partners an adequate share in power. Nor can it tolerate big parties like the BJP.

M. Srinivasan,
Chennai

Karnataka has driven home the reality that none is secular or communal in political India as long as one gets power. Those who gloated over the formation of the Congress-JD(S) Government saying it is secular now have egg on their face. There have been other instances in Indian politics in which the high priests of secularism have had no qualms in achieving political power with the BJP's support.

N. Parthasarathy,
Mumbai

The withdrawal of JD (S)' support to the Congress and subsequent extension of it to the BJP, which it once called communal, shows ideological commitment has taken a backseat to power.

Shruti Mittal,
New Delhi

The political vaudeville in Karnataka is taking strange twists and turns bearing the hallmarks of Ripley's Believe It or Not. What a fall from grace for the grand old party that finds itself in a sorry state.

H.R. Bapu Satyanarayana,
Mysore