“I had a fight with PM within 5 minutes of the meeting, the PM was arrogant”: Satya Pal Malik
Former Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir and the incumbent Governor of Meghalaya, Satya Pal Malik had recently stated that when he went to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting on farmer’s issue, the PM was arrogant.
The Governor of Meghalaya Satya Pal Malik who has been a staunch advocate of the rollback of the three farm laws has raised eyebrows in the political circle. He stated that when he went to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting on farmer’s issues including the issue of MSP, the PM was arrogant. The former governor of Jammu and Kashmir, while addressing an event in Haryana on Sunday said that “He (the PM) was very arrogant. When I told him that 500 of our own farmers had died, he asked, ‘Did they die for me? I told him yes since you are the king. Anyway, I ended up having a fight with him. He told me to meet Amit Shah and so I did,” the Governor said, adding that when a dog dies, the PM sends letters to offer condolences.
Malik, who is one of the senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has, on several occasions, criticized the Center for mishandling the farmer’s protest. He has also urged the government to withdraw all the cases and FIRs registered against the farmers during a year-long agitation. The Meghalaya Governor has also asked the BJP-ruled Center to create a framework for the minimum support price (MSP) for crops. Malik also added that “”But if the government thinks the agitation has ended, it is not so. It has only been suspended. If there is injustice or if there are any excesses with farmers, then the stir will start again.”
Congress has been up in arms against the BJP over the statement made by Satya Pal Malik. Taking it to Twitter, the Leader of Party (LoP) in the Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge tweeted “Meghalaya’s Governor Sri. Satya Pal Malik is on record saying PM was ‘arrogant’ on the issue of Farmers & HM Amit Shah called the PM as ‘mad’ Constitutional authorities speaking about each other with such contempt! @narendramodi ji is this true?”
Malik was surrounded with controversies since 2018 when he dissolved the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly citing massive horse-trading, the impossibility of forming a stable government after BJP pulled out of the Mehbooba Mufti government coalition government. Later, Malik oversaw the bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir and the revocation of the controversial Article 370. Later, he was transferred to Goa as the Governor. In the coastal state of Goa too, Malik ran into trouble after criticizing the Pramod Sawant-led BJP government, and eventually, he was transferred to Meghalaya as Governor on 18 August 2020.
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