I may be shifted, says J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik

Satya Pal Malik

Jammu, Nov 28: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday hinted that he may be shifted out of the state following his remarks that the central government wanted to see Peoples Conference leader Sajad Lone as the Chief Minister.

Addressing a function to mark the death anniversary of senior Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra here, Malik said: “As long as I am here, I’m here. It is not in my hands. But the threat of transfer is there.

“I don’t know when I will be transferred from here. I will not lose my job, but as long as I am here, I assure the people that whenever you call me, I will come”, he added.

On November 24 in Gwalior, Malik admitted that he looked for directions from Delhi on how to tackle the political crisis in Jammu and Kashmir, he would have had to install BJP-backed Sajad Lone as the Chief Minister.

But he did not want to do that, Malik said.

Following his remarks, Raj Bhawan issued a statement saying that while dissolving the state Assembly, the Governor took an objective and impartial decision.

“There was no pressure or any kind of intervention from the Centre in the entire matter and some news channels are misinterpreting the Governor’s statement and putting things out of context to convey that there was pressure from the central government,” the statement said.

Amid reports that the PDP, National Conference and the Congress were close to forming an alliance to stake claim to power in the state, Malik dissolved the Assembly on November 21.

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