Kerala MPs denied entry to Lakshadweep
Several Members of Parliament (MPs) from Kerala, who have been endeavoring to visit Lakshadweep, have been once again prevented from taking the trip. Eight MPs belonging to the ruling Left in Kerala have been denied entry to Lakshadweep. Here it is worth mentioning that some vested interests are raising a hue and cry over unsubstantiated issues pertaining to Lakshadweep. They have alleged that the Administration in Lakshadweep unilaterally lifted restrictions on the use of alcohol in the Muslim-majority islands, banned beef products, citing animal preservation, and demolished fishermen’s sheds built on the coastal areas, saying they violated the Coast Guard Act. But the truth is otherwise as they are protesting because the Administrator of Lakshadweep Praful Patel took certain steps to end the corrupt practices of politicians in the islands. The Administration is proactively considering the larger public interest. Against this backdrop, it is worth mentioning that although the local people are happy with the Administration, an atmosphere of tension has been created through the media and social media by certain fundamentalist groups operating from Kerala.
According to reports, the Kerala MPs had submitted a notice to the Speaker and asked for an explanation from Lakshadweep Administrator Praful Patel. They also went to the High Court for entry to the islands. However, Lakshadweep Additional District Magistrate S Asker Ali said in an order that the visit of the MPs would likely cause unrest in the islands as the “political parties and leaders from the mainland have been making attempts to instigate local people, political parties, activists, social workers,” and others to oppose the Administration’s actions and agitate against it.