Governor Malik could be sacked after UP polls

NEW DELHI, January 5: Meghalaya governor Satya Pal Malik could be replaced or sacked for repeatedly criticizing the RSS, the ruling BJP and its main leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, following the elections to the Assembly in Uttar Pradesh and four other states, party sources said.
BJP and RSS leaders are “quite unhappy” with Malik but will take no immediate action given the Assembly polls in UP, where farmers’ votes play a big role.
The governor, in the national capital since New Year’s Day, met with heads of operations and was given a “siropa” on Tuesday.
The farmers of Punjab also invited Malik to visit their electoral state to honor him with the title “Awaz-e-Hind” (Voice of India). The farmers praised Malik for tackling their problem at the highest level.
But with the UP elections in mind, the government and party decided to remain silent for now and avoid giving Malik another handle against Modi or letting him embarrass the party further. Any action against him at that time could give rival parties a boost, party leaders said.
Malik was a member of almost every major political party and has ties to leaders of all parties. He also belongs to the western region of the UP, where the BJP strives to make amends with the politically important Jat community following the unrest sparked by the three agricultural laws.
Malik began to criticize the BJP after being transferred to Goa after Jammu and Kashmir became Union territory. Following a serious dispute with the government of Goa, he was transferred to the Meghalaya but continued his criticism of the party and its leadership which reached a crescendo during the farmer’s unrest that lasted throughout the year.
In the meantime, he has taken the RSS head-on by indirectly accusing one of its main leaders, Ram Madhav, of offering him a huge sum of money for controversial deals with J&K. Madhav was previously in charge of BJP in Meghalaya.
Malik, who has only a few months left as governor, had placed the proverbial cat among the pigeons after suggesting that Home Secretary Amit Shah may have criticized the prime minister. He also called Modi “very arrogant”.

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