Lakshadweep Crisis: HM Amit Shah Assures No Changes In UT Without Taking People In Confidence

“Shah said ‘we’re with people of Lakshadweep. We’ll address all of their worries’,” said BJP’s in-charge for Lakshadweep, AP Abdullakutty.

Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday assured, while discussing the crisis unfolding in Lakshadweep with a BJP delegation, that no measures will be carried out without taking the people in the islands into confidence.

“A BJP delegation from Lakshadweep met party chief JP Nadda and Home Minister Amit Shah. We thoroughly discussed the situation in Lakshadweep. Shah said ‘we’re with people of Lakshadweep. We’ll address all of their worries’,” said BJP’s in-charge for Lakshadweep, AP Abdullakutty.

Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Khoda Patel

Over the last week, several leaders have called for a new administrator in the Lakshadweep islands, including Lakshadweep MP and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Mohammed Faizal.

Mohammed Faizal accused Administrator Praful Khoda Patel of implementing anti-people rules and regulations and urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to ‘listen to the outcry of the local people and send in a new Administrator.”

Patel, a former Home Minister in the Gujarat cabinet headed by former CM Narendra Modi has received severe criticism for his high-handed way of functioning and bringing in sweeping reforms in the name of ‘development’ without consulting the people.

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The Collector had defended the laws imposed by Administrator Praful Khoda Patel earlier as well and said people with vested interests are propagating misinformation about him.

In a press note, he said, “A few days ago, 300 kg heroin with an international value of 3,000 crores and 5 AK-47 rifles and 1,000 live rounds were confiscated. Similarly, many cases of illegal smuggling of Marijuana and liquor and POCSO have also been reported here. In this small UT, the future of youth is expected to be clouded by such illegal business. Keeping this in mind, strict and stringent laws are needed so that the youth here are not misguided. People having personal interests in such illegal business are propagating against the imposition of strict laws.”

He added that the administration is also taking action to remove illegal encroachments at various places over the years in Lakshadweep, in protest of which, self-motivated propaganda is being carried out by the people with vested interests.

Kerala Rajya Sabha MP Elamaram Kareem also wrote to the President in this regard, requesting him to urgently call back Patel.


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