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Congratulations, BJP on a sweeping victory at the polls

Our readers have their say about Indian elections and Theresa May's resignation

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set for another five-year term after a landslide victory. Getty Images
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set for another five-year term after a landslide victory. Getty Images

I write to you in reference to your article India election: Modi secures resounding victory for BJP (May 23).

The ­resounding victory of the BJP made me happy. I hope his second term as prime minister will be fruitful, and that he will rectify mistakes made in his previous tenure, and have a chance to keep the promises made to the Indian people.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Modi re-elected on nationalist fervour and failed promises

Please refer to your timely and incisive editorial Modi must build a more inclusive India for all (May 24).

Mr Modi’s government has relied on religious divides to score votes, yet the people of India have chosen to put him back in power.

His victory can be ascribed to three key reasons.

Firstly, the emphasis given to the terrorist attack in Kashmir gave Indians the impression that the country is in danger and that Mr Modi alone can provide powerful leadership.

Secondly, he diverted attention from his failed economic reforms by rekindling nationalistic fervour.

Thirdly, the opposition did not offer a credible alternative to voters.

Indians have chosen to ­subjugate their economic ­wellbeing to jingoistic nationalism. We used to be united as a country with Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians peacefully coexisting. Now more than ever there is a need to heal the country’s wounds. Unless Indians are vigilant, they will suffer another five years of economic slowdown and divisive rhetoric.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Could Boris Johnson help the UK to remain in the EU?

I write to you in reference to Paul Peachey’s article Seven contenders to watch as Theresa May resigns Conservative leadership (May 24).

Hopefully Boris Johnson will take Mrs May’s place as prime pinister, and his incompetence will be so abysmal that he will totally bungle Brexit and the UK will remain in

the EU.

Shaheen Hamadani, Kashmir

Updated: May 25, 2019 06:24 PM

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