Central agencies using gold smuggling case to target Kerala govt, alleges CPI(M)

CPI(M) through its mouthpiece People’s Democracy alleged that a “Congress-BJP nexus” is evident in an effort to use the CAG report to target the LDF government.
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury
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The Congress-led UDF and BJP are using the controversial gold smuggling case to attack Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, alleged CPI(M) on Thursday. In the latest edition of its mouthpiece, People's Democracy, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) alleged that the central agencies — National Investigation Agency, Customs and Enforcement Directorate —  probing the gold-smuggling case, are "using it as a springboard to extend their enquiries into various government projects and schemes."

"The efforts to discredit and denigrate the Left Democratic Front government in Kerala have been mounting in the past few weeks. The Congress-led UDF and the BJP have conducted agitations utilising the gold smuggling case to target Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the LDF government,” the mouthpiece said.

"As the assembly elections draw closer, the Congress and the BJP have moved explicitly to widen the ambit of their attack on the government. Some of the central agencies have also been enlisted in this nefarious game," it added.

The editorial in the magazine further stated that when the smuggling of gold through diplomatic baggage was discovered in July, the Chief Minister had promptly asked the Centre to investigate the case through one of its appropriate agencies, as was necessary since the goods were smuggled from abroad.

It alleged that the Home Ministry entrusted the case with the NIA, even though there was no prima facie ground to suspect any terror funding or national security threat. It then went on to describe the roles played by the other investigating agencies in the case.

"The leader of Opposition, Ramesh Chennithala, and the state Congress have been repeatedly demanding probes by the CBI and other central agencies at a time when the all-India leadership of the Congress party and president, Sonia Gandhi, have publicly declared that the central agencies like the CBI, NIA and Narcotics Bureau are being misused to target the opposition,” it said.

The ‘coordination’ between the Congress and BJP leaders in the state has become obvious with the leaders of both parties coming out with similar statements on all developing issues connected with the investigations by the central agencies, CPI(M) alleged.

The Left party also accused the UDF and the BJP of attacking the developmental plans of the LDF government, which it alleged got further widened with the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB).

The Congress-BJP nexus is evident in the effort to weaponise the CAG report against the LDF government, it said. “A petition in the High Court has been filed by a leader of the RSS outfit, the Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, which wants the court to declare the bonds issued abroad as unlawful and the funds so raised by KIIFB frozen. The lawyer representing the SJM leader is a general secretary of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, Mathew Kuzhalnadan. The Congress and the BJP have no qualms in ganging up to disrupt the pro-people programmes and developmental efforts of the LDF government,” the editorial in People's Democracy said.

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