Days after Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik made sensational disclosure about the central government, he has expressed his fears of being transferred because of his controversial remarks.
Speaking at a meeting, organise to mark the death anniversary of legendary Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra, Malik said that the threat of being transferred was always there. Malik, according to NDTV, said, “”As long as I’m here – it’s not in my hands – I don’t know when I will be transferred from here. I will not lose my job but the threat of transfer is there. As long as I’m here, I assure you people that whenever you call me I will come here to pay my tributes.”
Speaking at an event in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Malik had justified his decision to dissolve the Jammu and Kashmir assembly. He had accused the Centre’s Narendra Modi government of planning to install Sajjad Lone as the state’s chief minister.
Malik had 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.”
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who first criticised Malik for dissolving the assembly, has now praised him for revealing the truth. He tweeted, “My compliments to Governor Malik for not looking to Delhi & for not taking their instructions thereby stopping the installation of a government of the BJP & it’s proxies formed by horse trading, defections & use of money.”
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 had 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.