Who is Praful Khoda Patel or Praful K Patel?
Praful Khoda Patel or Praful K Patel is an Indian politician who is currently the Administrator of Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu and Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Praful K Patel is a former BJP leader who served as the home minister of Gujarat under Narendra Modi when he was the chief minister.
He was appointed the administrator of both the UTs in 2016 by the NDA government, in a departure from the earlier practice of appointing only IAS officers to the post.
Praful K Patel Biography/Wiki
Praful Khoda Patel or Praful K Patel is an Indian politician who is currently the Administrator of Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu and Union Territory of Lakshadweep.
Patel began his political career winning the 2007 Gujarat Legislative Assembly election for the Himatnagar constituency in Gujarat for its 12th legislative assembly. Praful Patel’s father Khodabhai Ranchhodbhai Pate was a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leader and Modi often visited him.
Prior to Amit Shah’s arrest Narendra Modi inducted four ministers in cabinet reshuffle and Praful Patel received eight of Amit Shah’s ten portfolios.
Praful Patel was one of the politically appointed administrators in the history of the union territories. Such positions have commonly been held by Indian Administrative Service officers.
2021 Lakshadweep policies
Since Patel’s appointment as the administrator of Lakshadweep union territory, he has suggested many policy changes such as instructing port authorities to cut ties with Beypore port and Cochin Port in Kerala and divert all maritime exchanges to New Mangalore Port.
All dairy farms on the islands, run by the Animal Husbandry Department, were ordered to be shut down, with the cattle to be auctioned off, and diary products instead to be imported from Gujarat-based Amul.
Patel’s administration also lifted alcohol restrictions, and banned beef, and removed the meat from the school Midday Meal Scheme. Many locals accused the administration of implementing a Hindutva agenda.
Patel’s administration also demolished fishermen’s coastal sheds, citing violations of the Coast Guard Act. The Administration has argued that these policies are still in pipeline and yet to be implemented. Opposition political parties such as the Indian National Congress and Communist Party of India (Marxist) have come out in protest, while some local members of Bharatiya Janata Party in Lakshadweep also criticized Patel’s policies.
Praful K Patel Controversies
2019 Election Officer coercion
On 10 April 2019 Election Commission of India issued a notice to Praful K Patel stating that his actions violated provisions under the Representation of the People Act, 1951. The commission reprimanded Patel for having issued a “coercive” request to Kannan Gopinathan, the collector for Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and withdraw any notices issued to Gopinathan or any other election officials “during the election period.”
Election Commission Officials state that Praful Patel called election officers to issue them direct instructions. Crucial interference from Patel came after Gopinath sent a notice to Mohanbhai Sanjibhai Delkar for actions that violated the model code. Praful Patel retaliated by issuing a notice to Gopinath which Election Commission Officials described as an act of political vengeance. Since then, Kannan Gopinathan has been replaced with Sandeep Kumar Singh as a collector.
2019 Daman indigenous land clearing protests
Valuable seafront land along the 700 metre stretch from Moti Daman Lighthouse to Jampore beach is claimed to be owned by adivasi fishing communities.
In December 2018, local residents received official looking documents purportedly instructed by Praful Patel ordering the confiscation of their land and demolition of homes to make way for development. By November the bulldozing went ahead and the Daman protests began.
On 3 November 2019, Daman Collector Rakesh Minhas issued a Section 144 order banning peaceful assembly of four or more persons, slogan-shouting, and the use of loudspeakers across the entire district and ordered the conversion of two High Schools into ‘temporary jails’. 70 protesters were held in these ‘temporary jails’ and another 8 arrests were made. Few of the Adivasi fisherfolk were rehoused whilst most languished traumatized and homeless on the streets near the rubble of their razed homes.
2021 suicide of Mohan Delkar
Tribal rights advocate and Lok Sabha MP Mohanbhai Sanjibhai Delkar hanged himself at Hotel Sea Green in Mumbai on 22 February 2021 leaving a 15-page suicide note. The note held politicians and administrative officials responsible for “injustice”, “insult” and “bias” meted out to him and specifically named Praful Patel.
Praful K Patel Contact Number
- Email: [email protected]
- Designation: Hon’ble Administrator
- Landline No.: 0260-2230700