Expressing shock over state chief minister's Omar Abdullah statement that tackling corruption in a coalition government was impossible, All India Congress Committee (AICC) member Abdul Gani Vakil said it was nothing but to surrender before corrupt.
It was shocking that the CM said that tackling corruption in a coalition government was impossible and he has to compromise in a coalition set up in the state, Vakil said in a statement here on Wednesday.
Regretting such a shocking and 'irresponsible' statement, Vakil said it seems that Abdullah has completely surrendered before the corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who are looting the state exchequer at their whims.
He said that "coalition" is no excuse and cannot be any hurdle in curbing corruption if one is determined to uproot corruption from the system.
Such statements demoralise honest and dedicated people who are fighting a virtual war against corruption, the AICC member said.
In a state where the CM prefers to drop sanction against corrupt ministers or keeps sitting on files of corrupt bureaucrats or ministers, then fight against this menace gets weakened.
The former minister said that despite being in coalition and that too of many parties, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre did not hesitate in taking action against top bureaucrats and ministers.
In some cases, many politicians and bureaucrats were even sent behind bars which should serve an eye-opener to the chief minister that in an era of coalition, corruption cannot be fought.
He said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi did not spare even their own party people like former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan, senior Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi or for that matter telecommunication minister A Raja when their names surfaced in corruption.
He said Maharashtra deputy CM Ajit Pawar too had to submit his resignation over allegations of corruption and there also Congress was in coalition.