The political developments in Kerala are becoming highly interesting. Unlike Bengal and Tamil Nadu, political parties are sharpening their tactics in Kerala, where underdog political developments are taking place.
Interesting political developments in Kerala: Among the states where assembly elections are to be held soon, Bengal and Tamil Nadu are making headlines in the media with the latest political developments, while Kerala is not making much headlines. Bengal attacks, flooded with every attack. Tamil politics also heated up with the arrival of Shashikala. Kerala has not been in the news for some time now as news of gold smuggling has been leaked and links to the current Chief Minister’s Office have been revealed. But political developments are changing rapidly underground in Kerala. The Left Alliance-ruled state of Kerala is set to go to the polls in April and May. Against this backdrop, Kerala’s political parties are sharpening their tactics.
From the beginning of the Kerala State Assembly elections, the contest between the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) will continue as usual. If one coalition dominates in one election .. another front will be seen as the upper hand in the next election. For BJP leaders who have been looking to increase their strength there for almost three decades, it remains a beautiful grape. However, the BJP’s vote bank in Kerala has increased significantly in the 2019 parliamentary elections. In addition, after coming to power for the second time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s aggression on issues like Kashmir, Ayodhya and triple talaq has had a significant impact on nationalists in Kerala. The Kerala BJP is planning to bring in dignitaries like Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Jyotiraditya Scindia to campaign in the forthcoming Assembly elections.
On the other hand, the ruling LDF. The government is strategizing to publicize the progress made in the last five years and the development work implemented. In addition, the Left leaders are ready to take to the people the positive talk that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has been influential in pandemic situations like Corona. To this end, the LDF will soon hold two major election rallies in Kerala. Leaders are preparing. In Kerala, however, the main opposition UDF leaders are trying to dry up Vijayan’s failures and launch an election campaign based on both corruption and nepotism.
UDF leaders have accused the Pinarayi Vijayan government in Kerala of corruption and large-scale illegal appointments as evidence of its failures. Concerns raised by Public Service Commission rankers recently that the Vijayan government is cheating them in the name of backdoor appointments have turned violent. The Congress-led UDF hopes to confront the government with a similar agenda in the Assembly elections. It is carrying out large scale protests and agitation programs with its youth sections.
Allegations of corruption against the ruling LDF and allegations of backdoor appointments are likely to have a serious impact on the LDF in the elections. In addition, the recent protests by the Public Commission Commissioners have turned violent. Those who are demanding to extend the validity of the rank list have intensified the concerns that the government is hiring temporary employees and not themselves. Two candidates also attempted suicide. Candidates did not withdraw their protests even though the government extended the deadline by another six months. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who spoke to students of various universities, said that the temporary employees who have worked in the government for a long time are being regularized in a humane manner. It was clarified that this process will not have any impact on the chances of the current PSC rankers. Protesters, however, are concerned about temporary appointments.
In addition to this, the involvement of the officials of the Chief Minister’s Office in the case of gold smuggling, which has rocked the country, is becoming an embarrassment to CM Vijayan. It is learned that the Customs Department has repeatedly questioned former Chief Minister of Kerala M Shivashankar regarding the gold smuggling case. Chief Minister Vijayan is embarrassed that the Enforcement Directorate (ED), which recently filed a chargesheet in the Kerala Gold Smuggling case in the Special (PMLA) Court in Kochi, has said that Shivshankar is a key figure in the current government. At the same time it is a matter of providing an arrow to political opponents. Eady said his role in the whole episode needed to be fully investigated. The case is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Enforcement Directorate (ED), Customs and related to gold smuggled through diplomatic channels in Kerala. The gold smuggling case came to light on July 5, 2020, after customs officials seized 30 kg of gold worth Rs 14.82 crore in the Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).
Reports that some of the officers who are currently investigating the case have attempted attacks on the motorcade are becoming a nuisance to government leaders. In addition, the left-wing media campaigned that the Kerala government was working effectively at a time when the country was being held by the corona. But in the end, Kerala became one of the worst affected states. With the high number of cases registered, the high death toll and the long time taken to control the virus, the initial positive publicity turned into a negative publicity for the Kerala government.
Kerala, which has a history of effectively dealing with the Nifa virus in the past and has an experienced authority, took much longer than most states to control the corona. Comments were also heard that the Vijayan government had failed to give proper direction to an experienced authority in identifying those infected with the virus. Against this backdrop, political observers say that corruption and nepotism on the one hand and smuggling and failure to control the corona on the other are likely to pay a heavy price in the coming elections. In the past, the LDF and the UDF have met face to face. Analysts are also speculating that the Kerala Assembly polls, which have been bipartisan, will be a three-way affair this time.
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