Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has courted another controversy by saying that he fears he may be transferred soon. It comes after Malik's remarks that Centre wanted to appoint People's Conference chairman Sajad Lone as J&K chief minister.
Malik was appointed as J&K governor in October. "As long as I'm here - it's not in my hands - I don't know when I will be transferred from here. I will not lose my job but the threat of transfer is there. As long as I'm here, I assure you people that whenever you call me I will come here to pay my tributes," Malik said, according to NDTV.
He was speaking at an event in Jammu to mark the death anniversary of veteran Congress leader Girdhari Lal Dogra.
Malik had earlier said at a function in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, that if he would have looked at the Centre, then he would have to appoint Sajad Lone as the CM but he did not want to be remembered as a dishonest man in the history and decided to dissolve the assembly
Malik's comments won him praises from former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti.
Omar tweeted, "My compliments to Governor Malik for not looking to Delhi & for not taking their instructions thereby stopping the installation of a government of the BJP & it's proxies formed by horse trading, defections & use of money."
However, Sajad Lone was miffed over Malik's remarks and reportedly called the latter's remarks as distasteful aimed at character assassination of Kashmiris.
The Governor's Office later issued a statement that his comments were taken out of context by the media.
In the past three months, Malik's office has taken many controversial decisions like including the J&K Bank under public sector unit ambit and scrapping the health insurance policy of the government employees which was allowed to Anil Ambani's Reliance group.
He had also claimed that the number of stone pelting incidents and the youths joining protests has drastically declined after Malik's appointment as governor.