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Several Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and workers in Lakshadweep on Friday resigned in protest against the sedition case filed against filmmaker Aisha Sultana, NDTV reported.

During a debate on a Malayalam news channel, Sultana had blamed administrator Praful Khoda Patel for the surge in coronavirus cases in the Union Territory. She said the Centre was using him as a “bio-weapon” against the people of Lakshadweep.

In a strongly-worded letter to C Abdul Khader Haji, the chief of the BJP Lakshadweep unit, 12 leaders and workers said the case against Sultana was “false and unjustified”. It was aimed at destroying her future, they added.

The letter said that BJP workers on the islands were fully aware of how Patel’s controversial regulations are causing extreme suffering among citizens. “You also know that several BJP leaders of Lakshadweep have already spoken on the various wrongdoings of the administrator and the district collector,” it added.

The complaint against Sultana was registered by Haji, accusing her of making “anti-national” comments “tarnishing the patriotic image of the central government”. The BJP leaders strongly objected to this, saying the filmmaker was only speaking for the rights of the people on the islands and about the administrator’s “unscientific, irresponsible decisions”.

Former chief of the BJP’s Bitra island unit Abdul Hameed was among those who resigned, The Telegraph reported….

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