J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik: Centre wanted me to instal Sajad Lone as CM

Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 27 2018

Jammu and Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik has said that Sajad Lone would have become chief minister of the state had he sought the opinion of New Delhi before dissolving the legislative assembly.

“I want to reiterate it that I would have been compelled to form the government of Sajad Lone had I looked up to New Delhi but I didn’t want to go down in the history as a dishonest man,” he said in an address to the students at a university function in Gwalior.

Malik said, he feared that horse-trading might have taken place to form the government and that it could have led to “killings and chaos in Kashmir.”

The governor, however, claimed that both PDP and Sajad had ‘no numbers’ to form the government as nobody among them came forward with their numbers.

Defending his decision to annul the assembly, Malik said that he received congratulatory messages praising him.

During his speech at the pre-convocation academic conclave at ITM University, Malik also said there is no possibility of autonomy, freedom or merger with Pakistan in Kashmir.

He said that the Kashmir issue is there because of the false dreams shown by the politicians for last fifty years.

“Nobody including mainstream political parties or Hurriyat or Pakistan can resolve the Kashmir issue but the youth in the Valley only can resolve the Kashmir issue,” he said.