Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has made a huge revelation accusing the Centre’s Narendra Modi government of planning to appoint Sajjad Lone as the new chief minister in the valley. Speaking at an event, Malik made a stunning disclosure while justifying his decision to dissolve the assembly in the state.
He said, “Let me make it clear one more time. If I had looked at Delhi, I would have had to allow a government headed by (Sajjad) Lone to be formed and I would have become dishonest in history. Therefore, I finished the matter once and for all and really don’t care if people abuse me for that.”
Although, Malik has now reneged on his statement made at an event in Gwalior a few days ago, the video of his original comment has gone viral on social media.
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On 21 November, Malik had dissolved the state assembly moments after Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti staked claim to form the government in the state with help from rivals Congress and the National Conference.
Malik’s effective declaration of a rebellion against his own government has come as a severe blow to the Modi government, which has struggled to manage key institutions such as the RBI and the CBI.
The Indian federal bank had recently opposed the government’s move to curb its independence with Governor Urjit Patel reportedly threatening to resign from his post. The rebellion in India’s federal probe agency is currently being heard by the Supreme Court, which will resume its hearing on the dismissal of CBI Director Alok Verma on 29 November.