All you need to know about Satya Pal Malik, the Newly Appointed J&K Governor?

New Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satyapal Malik will be the first career politician to be appointed to the position in the last 51 years, indicating a change in the strategy of the Centre, which has so far relied on ex-bureaucrats to run the show in the troubled state.Satya Pal Malik is the current Governor of Jammu and Kashmir

Here we present 10 facts about Jammu & Kashmir’s new  Governor Satyapal Malik that you should know!

  1. The 72-year-old Malik has been associated with almost all political hues, starting as a socialist student leader to the vice-president of the BJP, before being appointed Bihar governor last year.
  2. He will be the first career politician to be appointed governor of Jammu and Kashmir in 51 years after Karan Singh whose term had ended in 1967.
  3. Malik holds a BSc and LLB from Meerut University along with a Diploma in Parliamentary Affairs from Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies run by Parliament of India.
  4. Inspired by Ram Manohar Lohia, Malik started his political career as a student leader in Meerut University and became MLA of Charan Singh’s Bhartiya Kranti Dal from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh in 1974.
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  5. He joined the Congress in 1984 and became its Rajya Sabha MP but resigned three years later in the wake of the Bofors scam. He switched to the VP Singh-led Janta Dal in 1988 and became an MP from Aligarh on its ticket in 1989.
  6. In 2004, Malik joined the BJP and unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha elections, losing to former prime minister Charan Singh’s son Ajit Singh.
  7. He was the national vice president of the BJP when he was appointed the governor by President Ram Nath Kovind, who had vacated the same seat.
  8. Before taking oath as Bihar governor on October 4, 2017, he was in charge of the BJP’s Kisan Morcha.
  9. He was the Union minister of state, parliamentary affairs and tourism from April 21, 1990 to November 10, 1990.
  10. He is also an agriculturist, and active social worker with an experience of over 50 years in social development
[With inputs from online reports]