Union house minister Amit Shah on Sunday hit again at Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, saying he was making wild allegations within the gold smuggling case and that the state, as soon as recognized for social revolution, was now “reduced to a land of corruption, political violence and bad governance”.

Addressing the concluding session of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president Okay Surendran’s “Vijay Yatra” within the state capital, Shah posed 5 inquiries to the CM.

He stated that in mild of latest developments, the CM had misplaced credibility and he isn’t match to proceed in energy. The customs division filed an affidavit within the Kerala excessive courtroom on Friday, citing the confessional assertion of the primary accused within the gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh, that greenback was smuggled on the occasion of the CM, three ministers and the speaker.

“The CM recently said central agencies probing gold and dollar smuggling cases were targeting the state government. These are baseless charges. I just want to ask some questions — whether the main accused (Swapna Suresh) worked in a key position in the government or not; who appointed her in the post with hefty salary; whether she travelled with some leaders and officials abroad or not; whether she was a regular visitor to the CM’s office or not; and when gold was seized whether the CM office intervened or not,” Shah stated.

He stated he had all particulars of each circumstances (gold and greenback smuggling) with him and requested the CM to reply his questions. He stated if the CM was severe, he ought to cooperate with the continuing investigation as an alternative of constructing baseless fees. He additionally stated the Centre seen threats and assaults on officers of the companies significantly.

The gold smuggling case got here to mild final July after customs seized 30kg gold from a consignment that got here within the identify of an official of the UAE consulate in Thiruvananthapuram camouflaged as diplomatic consignment. Later, the case was handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and at the least 4 different central companies are a part of the probe now.

“Kerala was first to beat illiteracy and build tourism as an industry. But the alternate LDF and UDF governments have made it a land of corruption and violence. The UDF has solar scam and LDF gold smuggling scandal. They are competing how corrupt they can be,” Shah stated.

He additionally praised “Metro Man” E Sreedharan, who was current on the occasion. “A symbol of integrity and transparency, his entry will do good for the party and state. Even at this age, Metro Man is ready to serve the country. I salute him,” he stated.

Sreedharan stated: “Often, many ask these days why I joined politics at this age. I told them that at this age too I have enough energy to work for Kerala and the country.”

On Sunday, Shah additionally launched his occasion’s marketing campaign for the April 6 Lok Sabha bypoll in Tamil Nadu and exuded confidence that the occasion wouldn’t solely win there, however that the National Democratic Alliance in Tamil Nadu would emerge victorious within the meeting elections subsequent month.

“I am confident that a coalition government of AIADMK-BJP-PMK will be formed (after the assembly polls),” he stated.

The ruling AIADMK and the BJP in Tamil Nadu on Friday clinched a seat-sharing deal, with the previous, the lead accomplice, allocating 20 Assembly seats for its saffron ally and the Kanyakumari Lok Sabha seat. BJP has nominated Radhakrishnan from there.

With PTI inputs from Kanyakumari

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