A candid confession

Omar’s can’t fight corruption

Big Bite

JAVAID MALIK

Chief Minister Omar Abdullah dropped a bombshell last week by making an honest assertion at Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi that “tradeoffs are unavoidable in coalition” and it’s difficult to fight corruption in the coalition set up.
While explaining about the tradeoffs Omar said: “I believe that you can fight corruption but I also believe it is impossible to eradicate corruption in a coalition dispensation and that is the way it is. This is my opinion and you can have yours. This opinion is formed not because I am a Chief Minister of a coalition government for a few years, but this opinion is formed by the last more than a decade of electoral politics, both with UPA and NDA.”
Omar’s plain speak indicates that he wants to make it clear that eradicating corruption from the system is not possible in the coalition set up. It seems Omar believes that corruption can be fought if people give mandate to a single party. It seems Omar needs to be reminded that in 1996 his party had two-thirds majority in the J&K Legislative Assembly and it could have done wonders to eradicate corruption from the state. He should go through the records from 1996 to 2002 and check whether his party was able to fight the corruption when it enjoyed complete power?
It seems corruption and politics have become synonymous. Omar’s assertion has proved Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal right. Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption had shaken the entire India accept the Congress led UPA government. The union government held its ground till Anna’s movement lost its sheen, but Kejriwal launching a political party, India Against Corruption, and he leveling serious allegations against the senior politicians, including those in opposition, have made life a bit difficult for leaders in New Delhi.    
One needs to appreciate Omar for acknowledging that it’s hard to fight corruption. He without indulging in rhetoric has put his point across. It seems by doing so Omar has struck a chord with people. He has spoken what a common man feels as he faces lot of difficulties while getting his routine work done. On many occasions people willingly give graft to get their work done, as Chai has become a part of our system.
Recent high voltage drama involving the senior Congress leader and PHE Minister Taj Mohiuddin and Panthers Party MLC Rafiq Shah made it clear to the masses that it is not easy to nail a powerful man. One needs to give full marks to Omar for speaking his heart out. But on the other hand one feels sad when a head of the government expresses his inability to fight corruption. Message is loud and clear that corruption is an integral part of our system till coalition exists.
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Lastupdate on : Tue, 20 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 20 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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