Lakshadweep administration denies entry to Congress leaders; states visit as 'political'
Kerala Congress unit received a jolt as their planned visit to Lakshadweep has been junked following local administration denying their entry. The District Collector Asker Ali cited the visit as 'political action'. Earlier CPI MP Binoy Viswam was reportedly denied entry citing the same reason.
As Congress planned to 'fish in troubled waters' in Lakshadweep due to ongoing tussle between public and administrator and his recent decisions, the local administration poured cold water on plans as it denied permission for their 'entry'.
As per reports, the local administration citing that the scheduled visit by Congress leaders TN Prathapan, Hibi Eden MP, and CR Rakesh Sharma and national legal advisor of All India Fishermen Congress party on Saturday as a political activity, said they (Congress leaders) will disturb 'peace' and this will lead to Covid spike as the leaders would assemble and meet locals and hence their entry has been denied. Earlier giving the same reason, the administration had reportedly barred entry of CPI MP Binoy Viswam to the island.
According to reports, District Collector S Asker Ali's order blatantly termed the proposed visit by Congress as 'political action'.
"It is stated that the proposed visit of MPs from Kerala to Lakshadweep is likely to cause unrest in the island as political parties and leaders from mainland have been making attempts to instigate local people, political parties/activists, social workers and people from different walks of life to oppose all administrative actions and to agitate against the Administration" the order stated as per reports.
The opposition Congress, NCP, and left parties have been making attempts to join the locals in dharnas against the newly proposed draft regulation into the island. The locals also alleged Patel that he was responsible for bringing coronavirus to the island by scrapping mandatory quarantine rule and 'targeting' Muslims who are 90% in Lakshadweep. Both public and opposition are demanding the sacking of administrator Praful Koda Patel.
However, the administrator and district collector maintain that the new changes are on the lines of the development model of island nation Maldives.
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