Declaring that he is willing to step down from his post for backing the farmers’ agitation, Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday said in Jaipur that leaders in Delhi offer condolences “even when a dog dies” but haven’t cared about the deaths’ of farmers.
Malik also criticised the Central Vista redevelopment plan, a project in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a personal interest, saying it would be better to build a world-class college, instead of a new Parliament building.
These were the latest in a series of provocative remarks by the Governor, who has been directly or indirectly targeting the BJP governments at the Centre and the states over the farmers’ issue and alleged corruption.
Malik became governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Goa and Meghalaya during the Modi term.
Addressing the Global Jat Summit here, Malik said if he spoke anything on the farmers’ issue it would create a controversy. But he continued with his remarks, taunting “well-wishers” who he said wait for him to speak.
He said “two or three” leaders in Delhi made him Governor. “The day they tell me that they have a problem and ask me to quit, I will not take a minute,” he said.