Srinagar: Governor of of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik has said that the Hurriyat Conference should not consider him as an alien and approach him directly with cases of “atrocity and injustice” to common people that they may come across.
In an interview with the Press Trust of India, Malik while saying that Raj Bhavan is open for all, added, “I have a message for Hurriyat that they should not consider me as an alien. As far as Hurriyat is concerned, I have respect for them, even though their ideology is different from mine. They have a different ideology and I have a different one,” the governor added.
“If they (Hurriyat) feel there is any atrocity (by troops or police), they can contact me on phone or send a person to me. I will treat them (and their complaints) the way I am treating the rest of the people,” Malik told PTI.
The Governor also hoped that ‘at some level there will be talks too’ with the Hurriyat.
Explaining that he has always been hearing out the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Malik said, “I take all calls including those from common people of the state. My mobiles and WhatsApp have never been silent. All those complaints which come to me on WhatsApp, I have tried to address them.”
Malik said he even often sends officials from Raj Bhawan to collect the complaints of aggrieved individuals, even if they may not be so pressing or urgent.
Malik emphasised that in his dealings, his opinion is based not merely on official briefings but on narratives of the common people as well.
“I have met all political leaders and keep meeting them regularly,” he said, adding he has also met several delegations of common people and youth groups, “opening himself to them and hearing them out”.
“There is a need to establish contact with them and work according to their aspirations so that they understand that the Centre is not against them, he added.
Malik said during his short tenure in the office, he has received and resolved thousands of complaints and grievances and has given directions to his advisors to address them as soon as possible.