Reacting to the recent civilian killings in Kashmir, Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik has said that when he was the governor of Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists didnât dare enter within a radius of 50 kilometres of Srinagar.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of an event in Rajasthanâs Jhunjhunu district, Satya Pal Malik said, âDuring my tenure as the governor of Jammu and Kashmir, there was no stone pelting and nobody was dying. Terrorists didnât dare to enter within a radius of 50 kilometres of Srinagar. Now they are openly killing inside the city, which is extremely painfulâ.
Malik was the governor of Jammu and Kashmir from August 2018 to October 2019. During his tenure, the abrogation of Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was passed by the Centre in August 2019. From November 2019 to August 18, 2020, he served as governor of Goa and took oath as the governor of Meghalaya on August 20, 2020.
Speaking on the farmersâ issues, Malik urged the BJP government to meet the demands of the protesting farmers. âBJP leaders canât enter the villages in the poll-bound Uttar Pradesh if the demands of farmers are not met. It will be difficult for this government to return to power,â he said.
Malik further added that if the government asks him, he is willing to mediate between the Centre and the farmers. âFarmers should have the guarantee of minimum support price. They wonât settle for anything less than that. If the government can guarantee MSP, I can convince farmers on the three lawsâ, added Malik.