BJP led NDA Government has appointed Satyapal Malik, a career politico from Western Uttar Pradesh ,as Governor of sensitive border state Jammu & Kashmir .The august office for the last 51 years had been rooted between superannuated bureaucrats and defence officers.Malik’s appointment indicates that the government is for solving the vexed Kashmir issue not by bullets and GOI is for a dialogue with all concerned residing in the valley minus outsiders’ involvement. His immediate successor is Narinder Nath Vohra, 82, is a retired IAS officer who was first given the assignment by the UPA dispensation. He was not disturbed by the present regime. It is stated he made his desire to walk out of the Raj Bhawan where he came in 2008.Malik is being moved from Bihar as its Governor .72-year-old Malik has been associated with several political parties starting as a socialist student leader and later becoming vice president of the BJP before being appointed as the Bihar governor last year. Karan Singh was the first politico as the governor whose term had ended in 1967.Since 1967; the post has been occupied only by retired civil servants, diplomats, police officers and Army generals. His appointment may also been seen in the light of the changing political scenario with talks doing rounds about disgruntled elements in the PDP joining hands with the BJP. Inspired by Ram Manohar Lohia, Malik started his political career as a student leader in Meerut University and became MLA of Charan Singh’s Bhartiya Kranti Dal from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh in 1974.He joined the Congress in 1984 and became its Rajya Sabha MP but resigned three years later in the background of Bofors scam. He switched over to the V P Singh-led Janta Dal in 1988 and became an MP from Aligarh on its ticket in 1989.In 2004, Malik joined the BJP and unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha elections, losing to former prime minister Charan Singh’s son Ajit Singh.Before taking oath as Bihar governor on October 4, 2017, he was in-charge of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha.
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