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Lakshadweep draft proposals: LDF to move resolution in Kerala Assembly

Protests have erupted in Lakshadweep, as well as in Kerala, over many of the decisions taken by the administration.

By: Express News Service | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: May 28, 2021 4:13:24 am
Kerala AssemblyNewly-elected Speaker M B Rajesh with Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and others in the Assembly. (Photo: Twitter/@vijayanpinarayi)

The Left Democratic Front (LDF), the ruling coalition in Kerala, is set to move a resolution in the state Assembly against controversial decisions made by Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Khoda Patel.

Protests have erupted in Lakshadweep, as well as in Kerala, over many of the decisions taken by the administration. Some of these controversial proposals include a ban on beef, disqualification of panchayat poll aspirants with more than two children, introduction of an anti-goonda Act, and the establishment of an authority with powers to acquire land for development purposes.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told media that the people of the state have strong sentiments regarding Lakshadweep. “It is most appropriate to ratify a resolution in the Assembly against the actions of the administrator,” he said.

Earlier in the day, Assembly Speaker M B Rajesh had said a decision would soon be taken on moving the resolution in the Lakshadweep issue. Several members of the Assembly had raised the demand for the resolution. “Unprecedented developments are taking place in Lakshadweep… The Union government should intervene to ensure that fundamental rights are being protected,” said the Speaker.

The Lakshadweep administration has faced criticism from the local community, and even a section of the BJP in the Union Territory. Critics say the administrator’s decisions could shatter the culture, and livelihood of the islands’ people.

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