BJP Kerala Unit Demands CM’s Resignation Over Gold Smuggling Case

The protest demonstrations will continue till 18 August, with all the top state BJP leaders undergoing 1-day fasts.

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File image of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Minister of State External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan held a day-long hunger strike on Sunday, 2 August, demanding the resignation of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, in the wake of unearthing of the gold smuggling racket, ANI reported.

“This is not only a gold smuggling case but it is related to India's security. It is also related to the financing network of terrorist organisations. A thorough probe should be conducted. Kerala chief minister must resign. This is our demand,” BJP National General Secretary Muralidhar Rao told ANI.

The BJP Kerala unit had, on Saturday, launched protest demonstrations across the state to demand chief minister’s resignation.

BJP national Secretary Bhupender Yadav, who launched the protests online from Delhi, had levied the allegation that the CMO was “facilitating” the gold smuggling, IANS reported.

The protest demonstrations will continue till 18 August, with all the top state BJP leaders undergoing one-day fasts at several places during this time period. On Saturday, lone BJP legislator in Kerala Assembly, O Rajagopal, observed his day-long fast at the state party headquarters.

Yadav said Vijayan will go down in history as the "most corrupt chief minister" in the country.

"Vijayan, your time is now up. You will be forced to tell the truth on how the gold smuggling is taking place, as your own office has direct control over it. Look into those who have been arrested – they include Swapna Suresh, who despite no qualifications was given a job in the IT Department headed by Vijayan. You will have to answer," the BJP leader said, mentioned the IANS report.

State BJP President K Surendran, participating in the launch of the protest from his home in Kozhikode, said the situation is grave as allegations have now surfaced that the “smuggling of gold going on with the help of Vijayan’s office has terror links too.”

"... news that is now coming out is that the legal brains of the Communist Party of India-Marxist are working hard to save the accused. It's also now coming out that the Kerala Police is now trying to get the custody of the accused in order to tutor them," Surendran added.

The gold smuggling came to light when Sarith, a former employee of the UAE Consulate here, was arrested by the Customs on 5 July as he was facilitating smuggling of 30 kg gold in diplomatic baggage to Thiruvananthapuram from Dubai.

(With inputs from IANS, ANI)

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