In a major embarrassment for BJP , former Goa governor Satya pal Malik on Monday levelled serious allegations of corruption against the Pramod Sawant led government and said he was shunted from Goa in August 2020 since he had exposed it .
Malik was Goa governor from November 2019 to August 2020 before he was sent to Meghalaya’s Raj Bhavan.
“I am a Lohia-ite. I get very angry when it comes to corruption. I do not take it kindly. On the day when the lockdown was announced, the government said that even the stores selling basic essentials would not be allowed to open but that they would supply door to door. Which was impossible, but there was one company that had given money. Then people from the Congress, others approached me and told me about it. So I informed the Prime Minister,” Satya Pal Malik said in an interview to India Today TV.
He also said, “There was corruption in the Goa government in handling everything. because of that I was sent away from there”.
Chief minister Pramod Sawant hasn’t spoken yet on the former Goa governor’s comments but the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) defended him, saying Malik’s statements were ‘misinformed’.
Goa’s opposition parties rushed to demand that Pramod Sawant step down. Congress leader and leader of Opposition in the assembly Digambar Kamat said Sawant has “no moral right to continue” after the governor’s indictment.