New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik, who oversaw the abrogation of Article 370 in the now-former state, on Sunday stirred a major row over the role of Governors in states, remarking that the Governors don’t actually have anything to do. Also Read - 'PM Told me to Work so Much That People of PoK Want to Merge With India', Says J&K Governor Satyapal Malik
Malik, who is now the Governor of Goa, was speaking at an event in his hometown of Baghpat. A video of the said speech has now gone viral on social media. Also Read - Hurriyat shouldn't consider me an alien: Satyapal Malik
Addressing the gathering, Malik said, “Governor ka koi kaam nahi hota. Kashmir main jo Governor hota hai, vo aksar daru peeta hai aur golf khelta hai (A Governor does not have any work. The Governor of Kashmir simply drinks alcohol and plays golf).” Also Read - Permanent Residency Row: Not Considering Any Change to The Act, Says Governor Satyapal Malik; Calls it Integral Part of J&K's Legal Structure
“Baki jagah jo Governor hote hain wo aaram se rehte hain, kisi jhagde main padte nahin hain (in other states too, Governors relax and don’t get involved in day to day politics,” he further said.
Notably, an argument has frequently been made that the office of the Governor, and even that of the President, is actually a ‘waste of taxpayers’ money’ as the real power is actually vested with the Executive. Often, senior politicians are ‘sidelined’ by virtue of being appointed Governors or being elected as the President.
Satyapal Malik, notably, is also likely to go down as the last Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, as it was split into two different union territories-J&K and Ladakh-as part of the Article 370 abrogation move, announced on August 5 last year. Both J&K and Ladakh, as union territories, are now governed by their respective Lieutenant Governors.