Satya Pal Malik, the former governor of Jammu and Kashmir, has made startling revelations about the BJP government in a recent interview with The Wire. Malik’s allegations are expected to have significant ramifications for the BJP in future elections, particularly in Karnataka.
Here are some of the allegations against the BJP Government:
The Pulawana attack
Among the many allegations made by Malik, one of the most significant concerns was the Pulwama attack, which occurred in February 2019. Malik claimed that the Indian side, including the CRPF and the Home Ministry, displayed incompetence that led to the attack. He alleged that the CRPF had requested aircraft for transporting jawans, but the Home Ministry, headed by Rajnath Singh at the time, had denied the request. Malik also revealed that the road had not been sanitised before the person was allowed to travel.
Call after the attack
Malik also claimed that the Prime Minister immediately called him after the attack and instructed him to remain quiet and not speak about it. He believed that the government intended to blame Pakistan and make it beneficial for the BJP.
The Pakistani Car was in India for 10-15 days
Malik further revealed that the car carrying 300 kilograms of RDX explosives had come from Pakistan, but it was in India for more than 10-15 days, and roamed undetected in Jammu and Kashmir, highlighting a gross intelligence failure on the Indian government’s part.
Dissolving Mufti’s government
Malik’s interview also sheds light on the dissolution of the Mufti government. He claimed that Mehbooba Mufti had claimed a majority of 56 in the 87-member assembly, but he chose instead to dissolve the assembly in November 2018. He also alleged that the National Conference had separately asked him to dissolve the assembly, as they feared horse trading.
Rs. 300 crore deal?
Malik’s interview also touched upon corruption allegations against the government. He claimed that senior BJP leader Ram Madhav had approached him to clear a hydroelectric scheme and a Reliance insurance scheme, to which he refused to assent. Despite his refusal, Madhav later offered Malik Rs. 300 crores for clearing both schemes.
Removing the statehood was a mistake
Talking about the relationship between PM Modi and the region of Kashmir, Malik said that the Prime Minister is ‘ignorant’ and ‘ill-informed’ about the region. He continued stating that removing the statehood of Kashmir was a mistake and that it should be restored.
PM Modi Ignores Corruption
One of the major reasons for the rise of the Modi Phenomenon before the 2014 elections was his vow to end corruption in India. Contrary to that campaign, Malik has alleged that the people around the Prime Minister are indulging in corruption using the PMO’s name. After Malik brought the corruption to the notice of the PM, he did not seem to care.