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Lakshadweep BJP Leaders Resign Over Sedition Case Filed Against Filmmaker Aisha Sulthana

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laxKAVARATTI (Lakshadweep) : As many as 15 BJP leaders and members in Lakshadweep resigned after a sedition case was filed against filmmaker Aisha Sultana allegedly for her comments on Centre’s COVID-19 management in the island union territory. The resigned BJP leaders, in their resignation letter, said the administrator’s decision to impose a sedition case against Sultana was ‘’unscientific and irresponsible’.
Khader had filed the complaint with the Kavaratti police after Sulthana purportedly said during a television debate that the Centre was using ‘bio-weapon’ on the islands and slammed Administrator Praful Khoda Patel for his “mishandling” of the COVID-19 pandemic.The BJP leaders accused the party’s Lakshadweep chief C Abdul Khader Haji of filing a false and unjustified complaint against the “Chetlath sister”.

The leaders expressed their dissent and confirmed their resignation through a letter to Khader Haji. In the letter signed by 15 leaders and workers, BJP’s Lakshadweep secretary Abdul Hameed Mullipuzha notified, “The BJP in Lakshadweep is fully aware of how the present Administrator Patel’s actions are anti-people, anti-democracy and causing extreme suffering among people.”
“You also know that several BJP leaders of Lakshadweep have already spoken on the various wrongdoings of the administrator and the district collector,” the letter read.aisha-2ccording to the complaint, Aisha Sultana during a news debate on a Malayalam channel alleged that the Centre had used COVID-19 as a “bio-weapon” against the people of Lakshadweep. The case has been registered in the Kavaratti police station under Section 124A, 153B of IPC. The FIR against Sultana comes at a time when there is an uproar against Lakshadweep administrator Praful Khoda Patel over the new reforms introduced by him, which people allege are against the interest of the islanders.
According to an article in The Quint, the BJP leaders wrote in their resignation letter, “The BJP in Lakshadweep is fully aware of how the present Administrator Patel’s actions are anti-people, anti-democracy, and causing extreme suffering among people.” The BJP workers are said to have reminded the party chief about a previous meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah where they had discussed the issue.

“It’s just in the same manner, that Chetlat resident Aisha Sulthana also shared her opinion in the media. Based on your complaint to the police, there has been a case registered against Sulthana who, during a discussion, talked about from not having any Covid cases to rampant cases with the arrival of the present Administrator in Lakshadweep and his unscientific, irresponsible decisions,” the letter added.
Backing Aisha Sultana, the leaders further said: “It’s just in the same manner, that Chetlat resident Aisha Sultana also shared her opinion in the media. Based on your complaint to the police, there has been a case registered against Aisha Sultana who, during a discussion, talked about from not having any Covid cases to rampant cases with the arrival of the present Administrator in Lakshadweep and his unscientific, irresponsible decisions.”

“You have filed a false and unjustified complaint against the Chetlath sister, and ruining her family and her future. We convey our strong objection and submit our primary membership from BJP,” they said. Lakshadweep police registered a case against filmmaker Aisha Sultana with charges of sedition and hate speech on Thursday. The FIR was registered against the filmmaker on the complaint of BJP Lashadweep wing president C Abdul Khader Haji.
(Bureau Report with ANI Inputs).

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