BJP chief Amit Shah’s first Kerala visit after Supreme Court’s verdict on women’s entry into Sabarimala shrine, two days ago, has turned to be center another controversy, besides strong reaction from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over his extending support to Ayyappa devotees.
Amit Shah has landed at yet to be opened Kannur airport, thus emerging as the `first passenger’ of make use the facility. This has led to sharp critcisms from almost all political parties in the state.
State Finance Minister TM Thomas Isaac tweeted that though the state had shown the ‘tradition of hospitality’ by permitting Shah to land in the airport, which had not been formally inaugurated, the BJP leader had threatened to oust the left ruled Kerala government.
The official inauguration of the Kannur airport, the fourth in the state, is scheduled to be held on December 9. Isaac said shah’s “empty threats” were out of frustration as the saffron party is yet to get more members in the state Assembly.
The main opposition Congress find fault with ruling LDF government for allowing the BJP Chief to use the airport. Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president, Mullappally Ramachandran alleged that Shah landed at the airport following an ‘understanding’ between him and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
“At a time when the Kannur airport is scheduled to be inaugurated on December 9, it was specially opened for Amit Shah. Usually, it is done so during emergency situations,” he added.