Smitha Menon was appointed on my recommendation, states K Surendran
Kozhikode: BJP Kerala state president, K Surendran, stated that the fake campaign regarding Union Minister V Muraleedharan’s protocol violation is to take public attention away from the gold smuggling case.
Surendran said that there has been no violation of protocol and that even representatives of Malayalam media took part in the ministerial level meeting. Smitha Menon went there to report the event as one among them, Surendran said while speaking to the media at a press conference here.
Surendran also added that Smitha Menon was not appointed as Mahila Morcha secretary based on V Muraleedharan’s recommendation but on his recommendation as the BJP state president. It was done on the basis of the party’s policy to appoint professionals in the post. Such appointments will be made in the future as well. Their families have been associated with sangh parivar for more than 4 or 5 decades. Hence, they are not outsiders to the party, the BJP leader said.
Surendran stated that it will not be possible for the government to escape from the gold smuggling case by defaming Muraleedharan in this case. BJP will launch strong protests against Pinarayi Vijayan and his government in the coming days.
Defamatory remarks are being circulated against V Muraleedharan and there are efforts to character assassinate him. CPM leaders and their cyber groups are behind this. Unlike UDF, BJP is not an organization that stops the protests when the government says so. He also said that BJP will not adhere to the 5-person protest rule unless the government complies to the regulation.
K Surendran also said that the Kerala government was trying to implement the schemes of the central government under their name. The Jal Jeevan scheme, which the state government claims to be their project, is implemented using central government’s funds. It's surprising to see huge advertisements put out by the Pinarayi Vijayan government in the media for the Central scheme 'Har Ghar Jal', renaming it 'Jal Jeevan Mission', Surendran said.
"This is taking people for a ride as the entire money for this Rs 800-crore scheme came from the Centre. Just have a look in the newspapers and the advertisement shows pictures of Pinarayi Vijayan and three state ministers. Under this scheme there is not a single paisa contribution by the state and there is not a word about the Centre or even a picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is nothing but bluff by Pinarayi Vijayan who is trying to take the credit," said Surendran.
Of late there has been a huge media blitz by Pinarayi Vijayan where numerous projects are either commissioned or launched and in the 'Jal Jeevan Mission' advertisement also it's mentioned that this is a project under the 100-day programme of the Kerala government.
With two crucial elections coming up -- local body and assembly polls -- the Pinarayi Vijayan government is right now caught in a web of allegations such as the gold smuggling case and Life Mission which are being probed by various national agencies.
The Kerala Chief Minister has decided to seek the help of a professional PR and media agency to boost his sagging image for which the ground work has begun.
(with inputs from IANS)