Corruption cannot be fought by coalition governments: Omar Abdullah

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 13:00 hrs

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said that fighting corruption is an impossible task for any coalition government.

Delivering the opening address at the second Asian Forum on Global Governance, organised here by Observer Research Foundation and ZEIT Stiftung, Germany, Mr. Omar Abdullah said coalition governments would not be able to fight corruption as many compromises have to be made in a coalition set up.

Abdullah said if corruption is to be fought effectively, people should elect single party governments.

At the same time, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said he did not foresee any single party gaining majority at the Centre in the near future.

Demanding more powers to State governments, he criticised the tendency among leading ruling parties at the Centre to keep powers at its hands, irrespective of the party in power. He also criticised the tendency to use institutions like the office of Governor to check dissenting noises from State governments and set up institutions which would decrease the powers of the state.

Abdullah faced volleys of questions on India-Pakistan relations, managing a State like J-K and other varied subjects from the young leaders from 27 countries, including tPakistan, Bangladeshm, Myanmar, China, United Kingdom, the USA, France, Germany and many other countries from Asia, Europe and Africa.

Shashi Tharoor, Member of Parliament and former Under Secretary General of the United Nations, is guiding the 48 participants at the 10-day Asian Forum, themed on "Negotiating Governance in a Multipolar World".

Union Ministers Mr. Salman Khurshid and Mr. Sachin Pilot would also be addressing the Forum participants besides senior administrators, scholars and experts on various areas. (ANI)

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