Satyapal Malik's 'Governorspeak' a negotiating gambit with angry farmers?

Might Malik's statements have been primed by powers-that-be to resume negotiations? His advocacy of farmers' demands may be a credibility-building exercise to take a role in facilitating negotiations

Bharat Bhushan

The Governor of Meghalaya, Satyapal Malik, has cautioned the government not to prolong the farmers’ agitation. His public speech in western Uttar Pradesh warned of dire consequences and, potentially, political assassinations, if the issue was not quickly resolved. As a one-time member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and an incumbent Governor, the tone and substance of his speech is, on the face of it, inexplicable.   He suggested that concessions could be easily made by the government: “You only have to give a legal standing to MSP and the whole thing will be over. Once this is done and amendments made to these (three farm) laws, for which the government is ready, the whole issue will be resolved.”
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First Published: Mar 22 2021 | 8:25 AM IST

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