Party hopping

India needs a stringent anti-defection law more than a ‘one nation, one poll’. There may be reasons for those in the Opposition moving over to the ruling party, but the perception is that there is more to it than meets the eye (Page 1, “Four TDP Rajya Sabha members join BJP”, June 21). People have high expectations from Modi 2.0 when there are core issues such as a faltering economy and agriculture. The BJP must encourage healthy democratic practices.

U.A Praveen,

Warangal, Telangana

The Prime Minister’s statesman-like pronouncements after assuming office raised hopes of a refreshing new era. However the cross-over confirms that political morality remains as low as ever. The fact that the MPs are under the scanner points to what could be at play. The BJP’s dire need for a majority in the Rajya Sabha is understandable but not at the cost of democratic principles. The anti-defection laws need to be revisited.

Manohar Alembath,

Kannur, Kerala

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