The Bharatiya Janata Party in Kerala raised a sensational allegation against the state government on Thursday, saying fake signatures of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan were used to ratify files when he was abroad.
Talking to reporters in Thiruvananthapuram, BJP spokesperson Sandeep Warrier showed documents pertaining to the Malayalam Language Day celebrations which, he alleged, were signed by Vijayan’s imposter.
"On September 2, 2018, the Chief Minister went to the US for his treatment at Mayo Clinic. On September 3, 2018, a file related to Malayalam Day went to his office. It is evident that the chief minister signed the document on September 9. However, on the same day, he was in the US under treatment. The BJP wants to ask who signed the document when CM was not present at his office. It was not a digital signature," said Warrier.
Taking a swipe at the chief minister over the gold smuggling case, Warrier asked whether the document was signed by his former principal secretary M. Sivasankar or Swapna Suresh, one of the main accused in the case. Sivasankar, who was also the former IT secretary, has been questioned by the Customs and the National Investigations Agency over his alleged links with the accused.
Warrier said Vijayan should step down immediately, alleging that the chief minister did not have any control over his office.
"There are two Chief Ministers in Kerala, one of whom is invisible. We want to know who that is. Pinarayi Vijayan should clarify whether he has appointed any consultancy to make signatures on his behalf in every file,” he said.
The BJP leader also demanded that all the files pertaining to the CMO during the last four-and-a-half years be brought under scrutiny.