I stand with the people of Lakshadweep: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi said, “Lakshadweep is India’s jewel in the ocean & the ignorant bigots in power are destroying it

Congress leader and Member of Parliament, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said that he stands with the people of Lakshadweep.

Rahul Gandhi made the remark after Congress alleged that Administrator Praful Patel was “harassing” the people thereby imposing arbitrary restrictions.

“Lakshadweep is India’s jewel in the ocean. The ignorant bigots in power are destroying it. I stand with the people of Lakshadweep,” the Congress leaders said.

Before Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, “The people of Lakshadweep deeply understand and honour the rich natural and cultural heritage of the islands they inhabit. They have always protected and nurtured it. The BJP government and its administration have no business to destroy this heritage, to harass the people of Lakshadweep or to impose arbitrary restrictions and rules on them.”

Priyanka added, “Dialogue sustains democracy. Why can’t the people of Lakshadweep be consulted? Why can’t they be asked what they believe is good for them and for Lakshadweep?”

“How can someone who knows nothing about their heritage be allowed to use his power to destroy it?” she asked.

She further added that she extends her full support to the people of Lakshadweep. “I will always stand by you and fight for your right to protect your heritage. It is a national treasure that we all cherish.”

Earlier, Congress leader and Member of Parliament, K C Venugopal wrote a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind regarding, what the party called, ‘widespread protests in Lakshadweep’.

On Tuesday, the Congress on Tuesday demanded immediate removal of the Lakshadweep administrator Praful Patel, alleging that he is not only destroying the peace and culture of the islands, but also “harassing” the people by imposing arbitrary restrictions.

The people of Lakshadweep, according to Congress general secretary and senior party spokesperson Ajay Maken, are opposed to the administrator’s decision to allow liquor on the islands.

In an online news conference, he said that the administration had also enacted the Prevention of Anti-Social Activity (PASA) Act with the goal of harassing residents.

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