Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has once again caused ripple in the political circles with his comments. In his latest remark, the Governor has reportedly accused the state’s political leaders of wanting to get “youths killed” to “blackmail” Delhi and keep it “under pressure”.
Addressing a Kissan Mela in Akhnoor, the governor also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ready to give everything that the people of Kashmir demand under the Constitution as he has love and respect for the people of the state.
“The leaders of Jammu and Kashmir want the youths get killed so that they keep New Delhi under pressure,” Malik said while addressing the Kissan Mela.
“This misconception was cleared by me during the municipal and panchayat polls, and conveyed a message that New Delhi is not to come under pressure. New Delhi will not come under pressure of blackmail now. If bullets will be fired, no bouquets will be send from here,” he said.
Malik said by killing militants in Kashmir no solution can be found and asked them to return to their mainstream.
“I am not for taking the lives of these children. If they come back, we are ready to do something for them. We are trying to find out some way,” he said.
In a veiled reference to two former chief ministers — Mehbooba Mufti of the People’s Democratic Party and Omar Abdullah of the National Conference, Malik said “political parties have double standards. I am angry with them”.
He said breaking the protocol, he had reached out to Mufti and Abdullah, asking them to take part in the municipal and panchayat polls to empower the people, but the duo “opposed and boycotted”.
“I went to the houses of both after breaking my protocol. I went to the house of Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah. I asked them to take part in elections which will benefit and empower people. But they opposed it. They want their own empowerment not that of the people,” Malik said.
Taking a dig at Mufti, he said even before confirmation of killing of a militant, one leader of a party goes to his home to condole the death. “How can this work?” governor asked.