Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday said that Kashmir has broken all records of corruption in the country and he won’t leave the state till he exposes all politicians involved in “looting state coffers.”
While referring to his statement that “militants should kill those who looted state resources,” the Governor while interacting with a select group of reporters here said, “Only those have disliked my statement whom it has hit,” but he was quick to add that as the constitutional head of the state he should have avoided making such a statement.
“Had I not been the Governor, I would have stated the same and would have readily faced the punishment if so, for such remarks,” Governor Malik said.
On Sunday, Malik stirred a hornet’s nest during his address at a function in Kargil in Ladakh region. In an apparent reference to the militants, Governor Malik had said: “Why are you killing them (PSOs and SPOs)? Kill those who have looted the wealth of Kashmir. Have you killed any of them?”
The Governor said wherever he goes be it a hotel or a restaurant he comes to know about the huge shares of the Kashmiri politicians. “I have not seen such high level of rampant corruption anywhere. Kashmir has broken all records of sleaze in the country’s history. And these people still behave like Sultans. They were nowhere before three decades. But gone are the days when they would go scot free. They will be made accountable.”
Reacting to the tweets of the former chief minister and National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah, the Governor said that he had a great respect for the young man (Omar), but he is behaving like a “political juvenile” by tweeting about every small thing. “You must see the reactions to his tweets as well,” Malik said.
The Governor said he neither had the name of his father or grandfather to fall back up on nor the wealth. “I have come here from a one-and-half room house and I guarantee you that I will leave after exposing their corrupt practices,” he added.
Pertinently, after Governor Malik’s statement in Kargil on Sunday, Omar in series of tweets had stated: “Save this tweet – after today any mainstream politician or serving/retired bureaucrat killed in J&K has been murdered on the express orders of the Governor of J&K Satyapal Malik.”
In another tweet Omar had said: “This man, ostensibly a responsible man occupying a constitutional position, tells militants to kill politicians perceived to be corrupt. Perhaps the man should find out about his own reputation in Delhi these days before sanctioning unlawful killings & kangaroo courts.”