Cong-NCP's undoing

Sir, — If the recent civic polls are anything to go by, it is plain that the Tinaikar report, which pointed out rampant corruption in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation under the Shiv Sena-BJP regime, did not have any impact on the voters which is why they did not opt for any change in leadership. However, there are some factors which proved to be the undoing of the Congress-NCP.

The move of the Maharashtra CM, Vilasrao Deshmukh, to reverse his decision of dissolving the BMC before the expiry of its tenure following the Tinaikar report and the court ruling, which went in favour of the dissolved Nagpur Municipal Corporation, also run by the Sena-BJP, went against Congress-NCP interests.

Besides, by not making the Tinaikar report public, it appeared as if the ruling coalition did not want facts to reach the people; this showed them in poor light.

On the other hand, the Shiv Sena took the right moves by allowing several new faces to contest the polls, for it gave an impression that it wanted to eliminate elements with dubious credentials. It remains to be seen as to how far the Sena-BJP combine would be successful in converting this impression into reality.

V. Rajesh, Mumbai

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