The resolution, moved by CM Pinarayi Vijayan, was passed with minor amendments suggested by the opposition. It said attempts were being made “to impose a saffron agenda and corporate interests” on the people of Lakshadweep. “It began by painting coconut trees with saffron colour and it has now grown into destroying their traditional habitat, life,” the resolution added.
“The administration has begun enforcing a Goonda act in a place where crimes are scarce… A dictatorial system of governance is being developed,” it said. “Attempts are being made to destroy the people’s livelihood of fishing, with sheds storing the fishermen’s boats and nets being demolished, to eliminate their staple food of beef and to close down dairy farms… The administrator is now taking the lead in gradually destroying the life and culture of the people of Lakshadweep,” it added.
The powers of the district panchayat and the village dweep panchayat have been transferred to the administrator. The departments of fisheries, health, education, animal husbandry and agriculture are also being removed from the district panchayat, it said.
“An administrator who does not have the authority to directly intervene in these departments has been empowered to do so by an order. In doing so, the Centre is undermining the island’s democracy,” the resolution said. “The administrator who challenges it should be removed.”
“If Sangh Parivar politics is not nipped in the bud, there will be serious issues,” said opposition leader V D Satheesan.