New regulations in Lakshadweep to “alienate Muslims” living there, alleges CM Stalin

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to recall Lakshadweep administrator Praful Khoda Patel for imposing ‘anti-people’ laws in the union territory.

The action of administrator Patel in forcibly bringing in “anti-people” regulations to “alienate Muslims” living there is causing anguish, DMK supremo tweeted.

While saying “our country’s strength is pluralism,” CM Stalin urged Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter and ease Praful K Patel out of the office of administrator.

Lakshadweep newly-appointed administrator Patel’s recent decisions and draconian regulations have caused discontent in the Muslim-majority islands.

He has been accused of implementing Goonda Act in a place where least number of violent crimes reported in the country, banning beef products in a place the meat is widely consumed, demolishing fishermen’s sheds in coastal areas for violating the Coast Guard Act and revoking restrictions on the consumption of alcohol.

The former Gujarat BJP Minister of State for Home Praful Patel said to be very close to the Prime Minister’s office, RSS and BJP leadership.

Congress, NCP, CPIM, Muslim League and some other opposition parties have accused the Lakshadweep administration of “destroying peace and culture” of the islands. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan have demanded that Patel be recalled from the island chain.