JIND: Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik has said his friends advised him not to criticise the BJP government as he could be made the President or Vice President if he kept quiet, but asserted that he "doesn't care about these positions."
"Some of my friends had advised me that he could become the President or Vice President so I should keep quiet. But, I told them I don't care about these positions," Malik said.
He was addressing a Kisan Samman ceremony organised by Kandela Khap and Majra Khap at Kandela village here on Sunday and said the post of governor is not important for him.
Malik has been quite vocal against the NDA government at the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a host of issues, including the now repealed three farm laws.
In January, he had claimed that when he went to meet the prime minister on the issue of farmers, the latter was arrogant and had a fight with him within five minutes.
Malik also called upon the farmers to unite to change the regime in New Delhi and form a government which is favourable to them so that they don't have to ask for anything from anyone.
Malik said once his tenure as governor ends, he will tour the country and unite the farmers.
He had also justified the hoisting of "Nishan Sahib" at the Red Fort last year by alleged farmer agitators, saying there was nothing wrong in it.
Talking about the scrapping of the farm laws, he said the government made a "half-hearted agreement" with the farmers following which the protest sites were vacated but no progress has been made in the matter since then.
The governor also said, "a friend of the prime minister is pursuing the dream of buying wheat at cheaper price and building a godown in an area of 50 acres in Panipat" to store it.
Malik said the prime minister's residence was only few kilometres away from the farmers' protest site at the Delhi border and a large number of farmers lost their lives during the agitation that lasted for more than a year.
"But no one came from the government's side to express condolence," Malik said.
He said he has never compromised his principles and always raised the voice of farmers.
He claimed the farmers' movement was the biggest and longest such movement in history wherein there was no violence of any kind.
Malik said some leaders were put in jail after abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, but the prime minister got them released and served them tea.
Malik was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 when the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was revoked and it was split into two Union Territories.