For Patel, the agitations come shortly on the again of one other row over the alleged suicide of Dadra and Nagar Haveli MP Mohan Delkar
Praful Khoda Patel, the administrator of the Lakshadweep islands, is at present going through vociferous opposition barely 5 months after taking up the publish.
While Opposition events are up in arms towards a slew of measures he has taken, the problem additionally took social media by storm as #SaveLakshadweep trended on Twitter. The protests have been sparked by a draft preventive detention legislation, modifications in land improvement laws and a cow slaughter ban, amongst different points.
For Patel, the agitations come shortly on the again of one other row over the alleged suicide of Dadra and Nagar Haveli MP Mohan Delkar.
Here is an summary of the controversies which have marked Patel’s varied political and administrative stints.
Protests in Lakshadweep
Several distinguished political leaders in Lakshadweep have urged the Centre to recall Patel. These embrace Lakshadweep MP from the NCP Mohammed Faizal and his colleagues from neighbouring Kerala — TN Prathapan (Congress), Elamaram Kareem (CPI-M) and E T Mohammed Basheer (Muslim League).
They have alleged that Patel unilaterally lifted restrictions on the usage of alcohol within the Muslim-majority islands, banned beef merchandise, and demolished fishermen’s sheds constructed on the coastal areas, saying they violated the Coast Guard Act.
The ban on beef has been proposed below the draft Lakshadweep Animal Preservation Regulations, as famous by The Indian Express. The draft legislation stipulates that no particular person can instantly or not directly promote, maintain, retailer, transport, provide or expose on the market or purchase beef or beef merchandise in any type wherever in Lakshadweep. The proposed ban has induced unrest within the Union Territory, the place Muslims represent over 90 % of the inhabitants.
A stringent legislation ostensibly geared toward enhancing legislation and order has additionally induced anger in Lakshadweep, the place crime charges are very low. Under the proposed law — known as the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Regulation — an individual will be detained with out public disclosure for as much as a 12 months.
Elamaram Kareem, Rajya Sabha MP from Kerala, has written to President Ram Nath Kovind, alleging that every one the orders have been issued by the Administrator with an ulterior motive to destroy the normal life and cultural variety of the individuals of Lakshadweep. All the laws have been promulgated with out an iota of consideration in the direction of the individuals or their selection of meals and livelihood, he alleged.
“The undemocratic and anti-people regulation in the name of Animal Preservation, which intends to ban slaughter, transportation, selling or buying of beef products, is one among such orders. This is a blatant onslaught on the people, who depend upon dairying and growing of bovines as a means of livelihood,” Kareem stated within the letter.
Patel’s previous controversies
Praful Khoda Patel, a former BJP chief, has served as the house minister of Gujarat when Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister. He had received the 2007 Gujarat meeting election for the primary time from Himmat Nagar in north Gujarat.
Patel grew to become the Gujarat house minister in 2010, after Amit Shah was arrested in reference to the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case. He held the publish until 2012.
Subsequently, he grew to become the administrator of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli. His appointment was a break from the sooner precedent of naming IAS officers for the posts, as famous by The Print.
Patel was caught in a significant controversy earlier this 12 months after the alleged suicide of Dadra and Nagar Haveli MP Mohan Delkar. The MP, in his purported suicide be aware, had named Patel, together with officers of the Union Territory administration.
Delkar’s son Abhinav has alleged that his father was being “harassed” by Patel to cough up Rs 25 crore or face a false case below the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act.
The Congress had strongly criticised Patel on the time, demanding that he be instantly relieved of his duties and circumstances be filed towards him for homicide and abetment to suicide.
Earlier, Patel had been within the information attributable to an Election Commission directive earlier than the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
The panel had directed him to withdraw a discover he had issued to then Dadra & Nagar Haveli collector Kannan Gopinathan for “not complying” along with his directions on varied “official works”, an article in The Print notes.
With inputs from PTI