CM shouldn't wait to resign until quizzed by probe team: Chennithala
Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said that the investigation into the gold smuggling case leading to the secretariat has caused disgrace to Kerala. The NIA entering the chief minister's office or secretariat is a first of its kind incident in the history of Kerala and India. Even then, the chief minister pretends that nothing has happened, Chennithala said.
The chief minister is challenging the people of Kerala by pretending to be unaware of anything. The NIA will move to the CM's office next. This is the last chance for the CM to resign gracefully. He cannot be adamant about resigning only after the probe team questioned him. The allies of LDF have not expressed their opinion regarding the case yet. They are answerable to the public, Chennithala added.
The CM has been trying to save the accused in gold smuggling case. He tried to protect Sivasankar when allegations surfaced against him. Kerala Police helped the accused to escape to Bengaluru and they did not take action even when government emblem was misused. They remained passive and helped the accused from the beginning, he added.
It was the opposition who brought to light the irregularities behind the consultancies. The CM should state which project was initiated based on their report. CBI should investigate into the gold smuggling case. Consultancy appointment, role of CM's office and appointments made through consultancies also should be subjected to probe, he demanded.
Congress will conduct two protests demanding resignation of the chief minister and CBI probe into the gold smuggling case. All Congress MLAs and MPs will stage a protest at their houses or offices on August 1. They will explain about the 'Speak Up Kerala' protest to the public through social media. On August 10, Congress workers will conduct a protest in 21,000 panchayat wards and join the 'Speak Up Kerala' protest, Chennithala made it clear.