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Shouldn't CM seek fresh mandate after failure against corruption?
11/20/2012 12:21:35 AM
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Jammu, Nov 19: Once again and for the last time, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has stated that corruption and coalition politics can perhaps never be separated from each other.
At a newspaper summit conference in New Delhi Omar Abdullah said "trade offs" were an important and integral part of coalition politics and it was not possible to ensure corruption free functioning of the system as long as one remained in coalition politics. Does the CM or those running the coalition government in the state have even the faintest idea how much encouraging such statements are for those who have made corruption their way of functioning in the administrative system of the state? It is one of the most unfortunate developments in the politics and governance of the state that we have a political set-up in power that has not only accepted its abject failure while dealing with corruption in public life, but has now more shockingly started admitting the same through public announcements. Perhaps the objective of such public assertions is to claim some sort of martyrdom in the eyes of the common man and to rise to some level of intellectual ascendancy on the political horizon of the country. Perhaps it is believed by the ruling class of the state that confession of its failure to handle corruption would endear them to the common people. Perhaps the CM personally believes that the admission would ensure that the people would vote enmass and enblock for the NC during the 2014 elections.
These are highly misplaced conceptions and these only indicate the superficial understanding of both politics and the governance system on part of those ruling the state. How can you continue to hold on to the chair if one of your most lofty poll manifesto agendum has been relegated to the back burner by none other than you yourself? It is a pity that those claiming to sit on the high pedestal of honesty and straightforwardness should believe that continuation in power and surrender to the demon of corruption can go on side by side. It is fundamentally the question of whether you have been able to deliver on your electoral promises or not. If you sincerely believe, as the confession shows, that you have failed in your war against corruption then justifying continuation in power is ridiculous. Well, if the CM wants a clear cut mandate to be able to deal with the menace of corruption he should immediately go to the people to seek such a powerful mandate. There is no moral justification for remaining in power on the strength of a coalition that by its confession has surrendered before the demon of corruption and yet wants to continue till the very end of its mandate.
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