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‘Anti-people’, ‘anti-democratic’: Rahul Gandhi writes to PM Modi on Lakshadweep row

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Thursday termed the slew of proposals within the Lakshadweep Administrator’s draft laws as “anti-people”, “anti-democratic” and “draconian”, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Demanding the Prime Minister’s intervention within the matter, Gandhi said that Administrator Praful Patel had “unilaterally proposed sweeping modifications with out duly consulting elected representatives or the general public”, sparking protests throughout the Union Territory.

“Livelihood safety and sustainable improvement are being sacrificed for short-term industrial features,” Gandhi stated, referring to proposals just like the institution of a improvement authority with powers to accumulate land for improvement functions.

Gandhi asserted that the provisions undermine the “ecological sanctity” of the island and “severely restrict authorized recourse out there to affected individuals”.

He additionally condemned the availability, which disqualifies panchayat ballot aspirants with greater than two youngsters, as “anti-democratic”.

Gandhi went on to name out different laws, just like the introduction of an anti-goonda Act within the island territory the place the crime price may be very low, and Lakshadweep Animals Preservation Regulation, which seeks to ban beef in an space the place Muslims make over 90 per cent of the inhabitants.

Gandhi claimed this was a “deliberate assault on the cultural and non secular material of the area people”.

“The try to chop ties with Beypore port strikes on the shut historic and cultural ties with Kerala,” he added.

Earlier, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan too had expressed concern relating to the provisions cleared by Patel, stating, “Such acts can’t be accepted. Kerala has long-standing ties with Lakshadweep. There’s a bid to destroy that. Individuals involved ought to stay away from such a narrow-minded method.”

Gandhi additionally stated, “It’s pertinent to say that regardless of the pandemic, the administration demolished constructions utilized by the fisherfolk, fired contractual employees in numerous authorities departments, and relaxed quarantine norms that led to a deadly spike in Covid circumstances.”

He referred to as the laws “draconian”, which “penalise dissent and undermine grassroots democracy”, and demanding they be withdrawn.

Earlier, Gandhi had tweeted his assist to the individuals of Lakshadweep, stating that the Union Territory “is India’s jewel within the ocean”, and “the ignorant bigots in energy are destroying it”.

Congress common secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, too, on Tuesday stated the “BJP authorities and its administration haven’t any enterprise to destroy its heritage, to harass the individuals of Lakshadweep or to impose arbitrary restrictions and guidelines on them.”

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