New Delhi: Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday said that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was very “arrogant” when he met him to discuss the farmer protests and that he ended up “fighting” with him.
“When I went to meet Modi to discuss the farmer issue, I ended up fighting with him within five minutes. He was very arrogant. When I told him that 500 of our own (farmers) had died… he said, ‘Did they die for me?’ I told him yes since you are the king. I ended up having an argument with him. He told me to meet Amit Shah and I did,” The Indian Express quoted Malik as saying while addressing a social function at Dadri in Haryana.
Later, speaking to reporters, the report quoting Malik said, “What more could the PM have said other than what he said… We (farmers) should get decisions done in our favour. We should take their help to get a legal guarantee for MSP instead of doing something that spoils everything.”
He added, “Some issues are still pending. For instance, there are cases (against farmers)… the government needs to show honesty on that count and withdraw the cases. Similarly, legal MSP will have to be done.”
However, this is not the first time Malik attacked the Modi led Government of India over the farmers’ issue.
In November, speaking in Jaipur, he had said the GoI will have to eventually concede to the farmers’ demands.
He also said that every time he speaks on the farmers’ issue, he has an apprehension for a couple of weeks that he might get a call from Delhi.
Stating that a Governor cannot be removed, he said “well-wishers” keep waiting for him to say something which might lead to his removal.