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Satya Pal Malik
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Governor Malik in 2018
Governor of Meghalaya
In office
18 August 2020 - 3 October 2022
Preceded by Tathagata Roy
Succeeded by B. D. Mishra
Governor of Goa
In office
3 November 2019 – 18 August 2020
Preceded by Mridula Sinha
Succeeded by P. S. Sreedharan Pillai
Governor of Jammu and Kashmir
In office
23 August 2018 – 30 October 2019
Preceded by Narinder Nath Vohra
Succeeded by Post abolished
Governor of Bihar
In office
30 September 2017 – 21 August 2018
Preceded by Ram Nath Kovind
Succeeded by Lalji Tandon
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
1989 – 1991
Preceded by Usha Rani Tomar
Succeeded by Sheela Gautam
Constituency Aligarh
Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha
In office
1980 – 1989
Constituency Uttar Pradesh
Personal details
Born (1946-07-24) 24 July 1946 (age 76)
Hisawada, United Provinces, British India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Other political
Bharatiya Kranti Dal, Indian National Congress, Janata Dal, Lok Dal, SP
Residence(s) Raj Bhavan, Shillong Meghalaya
Alma mater Meerut University (B.Sc, LLB)

Satya Pal Malik (born 24 July 1946) is an Indian politician. Malik was the Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, from August 2018 to October 2019, and it was during his tenure that the constitutional decision to abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to J&K, was taken on 5 August 2019. Later he was moved to Goa as its 18th governor, and after that he served as the 21st Governor of Meghalaya until October 2022.

His first prominent stint as a politician was as a member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly during 1974–77. He represented Uttar Pradesh in Rajya Sabha from 1980 to 1986 and 1986–89. He was member of the 9th Lok Sabha from Aligarh, from 1989 to 1991, as member of Janata Dal. He was the Governor of Bihar from October 2017 to August 2018. On 21 March 2018 he was also given additional charge to serve as Governor of Odisha up to 28 May 2018. In August 2018, he was appointed Governor to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.


Malik was born in Hisawada village of Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh in a Jat family. He pursued Bachelor of Science and LLB degrees from Meerut College. In 1968-69, Malik was elected as the students union president, commencing his political career.

Posts held

  • 1974-77 : MLA from Baghpat, as member of Charan Singh's BKD
  • 1980-89 : Rajya Sabha Member from Uttar Pradesh
  • 1989-91 : Member of Lok Sabha from Aligarh, on Janata Dal ticket
  • 1996  : Lost Lok Sabha Election from Aligarh on SP ticket, came fourth with only 40,789 votes.
  • 2012 : Appointed National Vice President of BJP
  • 30 September 2017 – 21 August 2018 : Governor of Bihar
  • 23 August 2018 – 30 October 2019 : Governor of Jammu and Kashmir
  • 3 November 2019 - 18 August 2020 : Governor of Goa
  • 18 August 2020- 3 October 2022 : Governor of Meghalaya

Support for farmers' agitation

On 8 November 2021, Malik was invited to Global Jat Summit and in his speech, he used provocative messages against the Indian government regarding the 2020–2021 Indian farmers' protest and said "you will not be able to overcome the Sikhs. The Guru's four children were slaughtered, but the Guru refused to surrender. You cannot defeat the Jats either."

He also added, "Indira Gandhi knew that she would be killed and she was killed [for ordering Bluestar]. They killed General Vaidya in Pune [for leading Bluestar] and Michael O'Dwyer in London. I have even said that don't test the patience of the Sikh community."

See Also

Balbir Singh Rajewal

Rakesh Tikait

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