On Sunday, Meghalaya Governor Satyapal Malik reiterated that the Narendra Modi government was dragging its feet on the Minimum Support Price for crops in order to benefit the Adani Group.
He was speaking to Kumkum Chadha on Hindustan Times’ weekly talk show “The Interview.”
This is the perception because Adani had built large godowns and bought agriculture produce at cheap rates, said Malik. ‘Ab toh Desh Khareed raha hai’ (now he is buying up the country), he said.
Malik has also fiercely defended the events of January 26, 2021, when farmer protesters stormed the Red Fort and hoisted Nishan Sahib, the Sikh religious flag, on the Red Fort.
He went on to accuse the Prime Minister of crony capitalism, saying only a few are benefiting under the Modi-led government at the cost of India.
Two days ago, Malik said that the Union Government had ruined the farmers and ‘Adani and Ambani’ were like rotten sacks of potato.
On Saturday, Malik also asserted that he had been given signals that he should stop speaking against the government and the Prime Minister and as a reward, he would be made the Vice-President.
Malik was first appointed Governor of Bihar in September, 2017. Since then, he has been shifted thrice to Jammu & Kashmir, Goa and finally to Meghalaya in August, 2020. In addition, he has also held the additional charge of Odisha.
Based on Satya Pal Malik’s claim that people had indicated to him that he could be made the vice president if he stopped speaking against the Union government, the Congress on Sunday said this is PM Modi’s ‘revdi culture’.
“Wah Modiji wah. You turned out to be a great artiste,” the official Twitter handle of the party wrote amid political debate on ‘revdi culture’ or the politics of freebies.
“This is Modiji’s freebie: Don’t speak against the government…I will make you the vice president,” the Congress said.