Amit Shah assures: No decisions will be taken without consulting people of Lakshadweep
Home Minister Amit Shah has assured a Lakshadweep delegation that no steps will be implemented without taking the people on the island into confidence.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has reportedly asked Lakshadweep administrator Praful Khoda Patel to go slow on implementing sweeping changes in the island and consult all stakeholders involved.
According to media reports, the Union Home Minister took note of the growing 'Save Lakshadweep' campaign and the resentment within the local BJP cadre with regard to the new legislations being brought about by the Administrator.
On Monday, Home Minister Amit Shah had assured a Lakshadweep delegation that no steps will be implemented without taking the people on the island into confidence.
Some of the controversial regulations include a proposed ban on cow slaughter, a preventive detention law, and a draft regulation proposing sweeping changes in land development regulations.
After his meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah, Lakshadweep MP Mohammed Faizal said the delegation was told that that the laws that are under consideration will consider the opinion of local representatives in the district panchayat.
BJP leaders from Lakshadweep, including BJP's Lakshadweep unit chief Abdul Khader Haji, also met Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda.
BJP Vice President AP Abdullakutty, in charge of the party's affairs in Lakshadweep, told Indian Express that the home minister asked the BJP delegation to inform people that there is nothing to fear and that no steps will be taken there without taking them into confidence.
"He said there would be discussions with people for their consent." He, along with a small group of BJP leaders, met Shah and party President JP Nadda.
Accusing him of carrying out the political agenda of the BJP to target Lakshadweep's large Muslim population, the Opposition has alleged that Praful Khoda Patel's decisions have harassed local people and destroyed the heritage of the island territory.
The BJP, however, defended the decisions saying that the Administrator's sole intention was trying to develop the island as a major tourist hub and accused vested interests of spreading misinformation.