Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik, who was sworn-in as the Governor of Goa on Sunday, described Jammu and Kashmir as a ‘problematic’ place. He added that he was looking forward to a more peaceful and relaxed stint in the coastal state.

“I have come from Kashmir which is known to be a very problematic place. I have dealt there successfully and handled all the issues successfully there. Now, it is a peaceful and good place which has been progressing. And the leadership here is non controversial. They are doing work very well,” Malik said.

Satya Pal Malik sworn in as the Governor of Goa by the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Pradeep Nandrajog in a formal ceremony at Raj Bhavan near Panaji on Sunday. He was appointed as the Governor of Goa by President Ram Nath Kovind on October 25, replacing Mridula Sinha, whose tenure expired on August 31.

Speaking to reporters soon after he was sworn-in, Malik said that he had “successfully” handled all issues in his previous stint as Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, which he described as a “problematic” place. On his new assignment as Governor of Goa, Malik also said that he looked forward to a more ‘peaceful and relaxed’ tenure.

Satya Pal Malik was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir when Article 370 was abrogated and the state was bifurcated into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

A statement issued by the Goa government said, that 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. He was also elected to the Rajya Sabha as a Congress party leader in 1986. Malik later joined the BJP and was elected to the Lok Sabha in 2005.