Former governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik was sworn-in as the Governor of Goa on Sunday (November 3). Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Justice Pradeep Nandrajog administered the oath of office to Malik at Raj Bhavan.
Malik was appointed as the Governor of Goa by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 25. He replaces Mridula Sinha, whose tenure expired on August 31.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant was amongst the prominent dignitaries who attended the swearing-in ceremony.
During the occassion, Malik said he has handled all the issues in Kashmir which is known to be a problematic place. “J&K is a peaceful and good place now which is on the path of progress. The leadership there is non-controversial. They are doing their work very well, so I feel that I would be spending time here in much peaceful way. People here (Goa) are good. The CM is talking less but Goa has a name across the world,” Malik said.
Malik entered politics in 1965 inspired by the socialist ideology of freedom fighter late Ram Manohar Lohia. He was first elected to the Rajya Sabha, representing the Lok Dal in 1980.
Malik was Governor of Jammu and Kashmir when Article 370, which accorded special status to the erstwhile state was abrogated, and the state was bifurcated into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
On Thursday (October 31), Radha Krishna Mathur and G C Murmu took oath as the first Lt Governors of the Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir, respectively.
(With inputs from agencies)