In the wake of reports over the illegal nexus of Chief Minister’s office with the gold smuggling case, we can see inner party split in the opposition Congress and BJP at handling the issue as a powerful political weapon against the government.
The opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala exuded a lenient attitude by raising allegation against the officials at the Chief Minister’s office on the first day. He targeted Principle Secretary Shiv Shankar IAS who allegedly helped Swapana Suresh, the key accused in the gold smuggling case, to have appointed at top position at the IT department. Definitely he repeatedly urged for a CBI probe, yet he did not demand Chief Minister to resign despite such a massive allegation which comes under the purview of anti national activities leveled at.
After Shiv Shankar removed from the two posts of Principle Secretary and IT Secretary, congress leaders raised the allegation that it is to save the face of chief minister Shiv Shankar sacked from the two top designations. KPCC President Mullappally Ramachandran flayed the chief minister over the allegation. Other Congress leaders like Benny Behannan lashed at chief minister over the alleged involvement of chief minister ‘s office over the gold smuggling case. They demanded the resignation of chief minister and even demanded an NIA probe over the matter.
Similar rift is seen in the BJP which is the single seat opposition in the assembly. BJP State President K Surendran though urged for a probe notably did not have asked the resignation of the chief minister. On the other hand, General Secretaries KP Ramesh and Krishnadas expressed different view over the matter. K P Ramesh stressed the smuggling case in which Chief Minister’s office allegedly involved is a case with international connections.. He stressed the allegation as grave as it connect to the anti national activities. Krishna Das expressed the view that the allegation is grave and he demanded for an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).