According to insiders, with the ‘Save Lakshadweep’ campaign escalating and BJP officials objecting to recent moves by the archipelago’s Administrator Praful Khoda Patel, the party’s leadership is expected to advise Patel to ease down on sweeping changes. Amit Shah, the Home Minister, told a BJP delegation on Monday that no action would be taken until it was in the best interests of the people of the islands.
“The Home Minister assured that the proposed changes are just suggestions and have sought the public opinion on them from the citizens in Lakshadweep. He asked us to tell people there’s nothing to fear and no steps will be taken there without taking the people into confidence. He said there will be discussions with people for their consent,” BJP Vice President A P Abdullakutty, in charge of BJP affairs in Lakshadweep said.
Shah’s guarantee came on the same day that Kerala’s Assembly, a state with significant social and cultural ties to Lakshadweep, approved a unanimous motion calling for the administrator’s recall in the wake of the controversial decisions that sparked huge protests on the islands.
The ‘Save Lakshadweep’ movement and pressure from Kerala’s political class have put the BJP in a perilous position in both Kerala and the islands, according to BJP leaders. A number of prominent BJP leaders at the national level have also expressed their displeasure with Patel’s “handling of the problem.”