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Rahul Gandhi writes to prime minister, demands withdrawal of new regulations in Lakshadweep | India News

NEW DELHI: Congressional Leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday called for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the withdrawal of new regulations in Lakshadweep, saying the rules seek to penalize dissent and undermine grassroots democracy.
In a letter to the prime minister, he said that all this is being done by the new administrator Praful Khoda Patel under the pretext of the development and maintenance of law and order.
“I ask you to intervene in this matter and ensure that the above orders are withdrawn. The people of Lakshadweep deserve a vision of development that respects their way of life and reflects their aspirations,” Gandhi told the prime minister.
Noting that Lakshadweep’s pristine natural beauty and its unique confluence of cultures have drawn people for generations, he said the custodians of their heritage seek to safeguard the archipelago for posterity.
“However, their future is threatened by the anti-popular policies announced by Lakshadweep administrator Shri Praful Khoda Patel. The administrator has unilaterally proposed radical changes without properly consulting elected representatives or the public. Lakshadweep people are protesting against these arbitrary changes actions, “said the former head of Congress.
Gandhi said the manager’s attempt to undermine the island’s ecological sanctity is evident in the recently issued draft Lakshadweep Development Authority Regulations.
The regulations’ provisions, he said, undermine safeguards regarding land ownership, dilute environmental regulations for certain activities and severely limit the legal remedies available to affected people.
“Livelihood security and sustainable development are being sacrificed for short-term commercial gains. The provision in the draft Panchayat Regulation that disqualifies members with more than two children is blatantly undemocratic,” he said.
The congressional leader stressed that the new administrator has also proposed changes to regulations such as the Antisocial Activities Prevention Regulation, the Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulation and the lifting of restrictions on the sale of alcohol and described them as a deliberate assault on the cultural and religious fabric. of the local community.
He said that the attempt to cut ties with the port of Beypore affects the close historical and cultural ties with Kerala.
Despite the pandemic, the administration demolished structures used by fishermen, laid off contract workers in various government departments and relaxed quarantine rules, prompting a lethal spike in Covid cases, he charged.
“Under the pretext of developing and maintaining law and order in a union territory with a low crime rate, the draconian regulations penalize dissent and undermine grassroots democracy,” Gandhi told the prime minister in his letter.
Congress has been demanding the immediate recall of the Lakshadweep administrator, who says he is a politician and not a bureaucrat.

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