Amit Shah visits Kerala as ruling govt battles to rid gold smuggling stain
On late Saturday, Union Minister Amit Shah reached Kerala for his one day visit to the state and its bordering Tamil Nadu. This visit came amidst the rift between the Left Democratic front government and the Centre over the gold smuggling case.
On Saturday, Union Minister Amit Shah visited Kerala to brighten the poll fireworks in the state. On Sunday evening, Shah will be addressing the concluding session of the BJP state president K Surendran’s state-wide ‘Vijay Yatra’ at Shankumugham beach, Thiruvananthapuram. On Shah’s visit to the state, Surendran said, “His visit will streamline our vigorous campaign in the state.”
On Sunday morning, Shah offered prayers at Suchindram Temple, Kanyakumari. He was spotted showing victory symbol during door to door campaign in Suchindram.
Shah’s visit assumes much importance as it comes with a backdrop of Chief Minister Pinarayi Viijayan critising the Centre for using its agencies to portray the state government in a bad light.
On Friday, the Customs department filed an affidavit in Kerala High Court in which the department linked Kerala chief minister, three of his ministers, and assembly Speaker with the sensational smuggling scandal. On Saturday, the ruling party protested in major cities outside the customs office.
The customs and preventive commissioner Sumit Kumar said on social media that “intimidation tactics” won’t pay. He also revealed that there were many attacks on him and his officers but still the state police failed to investigate the matter.
CM Viijayan said that the commissioner submitted a statement in the court in a case in which he was not a party. According to the CM, the commissioner was carrying out the dirty job to help the BJP-Congress “alliance” in the state.
“The motive behind the latest move is to tarnish the image of the government,” said the CM. Viijayan alleged that the BJP and the Congress were working together as a single unit in the state to attack the Left front government.
Currently, the gold smuggling case is a huge matter in the poll bound state. The case came into limelight in July last year when the customs department seized 30 kg of gold from a consignment. The consignment came under the name of an official of the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram and it camouflaged as a diplomatic consignment.