Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah on Wednesday launched a roadshow in Tripunithura town, launching an election campaign for the NDA nominees in the April 6 elections to the Kerala Legislative Assembly. Talking to reporters during the roadshow, Shah targeted Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the gold smuggling case and asked him to tell if his former Principal Secretary M Shivshankar was involved in the scam.

Giving clarification on the investigation being done by the central agencies of the scam, Shah said that if any scam happens in the country, Indian agencies will investigate it.

Shah said that people of the state see BJP as an alternative to the opposition party UDF and the ruling LDF. Senior BJP leader KS Radhakrishnan is the party’s candidate from Tripunithura. The party’s top leadership considers it an “A” category constituency. The roadshow, which started from the former capital of the Kochi Empire, ended near the Poornathrisa temple.

Hundreds of BJP workers and supporters were accompanying Shah in open vehicles carrying the party flag. A large number of people gathered on both sides of the road. Shah greeted people with his mini truck. Encouraged by the response at the roadshow, Shah said that many people gathered in this small town to participate in the program, which shows that the people of the state are trying to oust the corrupt governments of the Congress-led UDF and the CPI-M. We will give our support to the saffron party.

After finishing the 30-minute program which started at 10.10 AM, Shah left for Kanjirapalli in Kottayam district where he would attend a public meeting. Former Union Minister and Rajya Sabha member KJ Alphons is the party’s candidate from Kanjirapalli seat.

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