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Kashmir minister says coalition governance problematic

Srinagar, Thursday, February 29, 2008:

A minister in Indian administered Kashmir and a senior member of the ruling Congress party, Abdul Gani Vakil Friday described coalition governance as ‘problematic’.

Vakil’s party leads a coalition government in Indian administered Kashmir with the support of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Addressing a public meetings in Kashmir valley’s northern Baramulla district Vakil said that coalition system of governance “creates problems in smooth functioning of government”.

He added that a strong single party government was ideally suited to state for its speedy development as “also to compensate the development deficit it has suffered due to turmoil.”

“A lot of time is wasted in deliberations and evolving consensus on various issues in coalition system which results in making delayed decisions,” he said and urged people to feel for themselves the difference in governance between present and earlier governments.

The ruling allies formed a coalition government in 2002 on a power sharing agreement.

For the first three years the government was headed by Peoples’s Democratic Party with Mufti Muhammad Sayeed as the chief minister, while Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress took over in 2005.

The government term ends later this year, and general elections will be held in the region to chose a new government.

The Congress and PDP differ in principle on issues such as demilitarisation of the state, and ‘self rule’, the populist measures advocated by PDP

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