Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has levelled serious allegations against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, accusing him of orchestrating a conspiracy to physically harm him.
The controversy stems from an incident where Governor Khan's vehicle was reportedly struck by members of the Students Federation of India (SFI), the student wing of the ruling Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI(M).
As per reports by NDTV, the incident unfolded as Governor Khan was en route to the Thiruvananthapuram International Airport to depart for New Delhi.
According to the Governor, the attack on his vehicle was not an accident but a deliberate act targeting him individually.
Addressing the media, he questioned the security measures in place, stating, "is it possible that if a Chief Minister's programme is going on, cars with protesters will be allowed there? Will they (police) allow anybody to come near the car of the Chief Minister?"
Governor Khan went on to assert that Chief Minister Vijayan is behind the conspiracy, accusing him of sending people to cause him physical harm.
The Governor alleged that protesting students not only waved black flags but also struck his vehicle on both sides.
Reacting to the allegations, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar criticised Chief Minister Vijayan and expressed concern about the state's deteriorating law and order situation.
Chandrasekhar suggested that a developed and prosperous Kerala could only be achieved by breaking free from the influence of both the Congress and Left parties.
The incident has sparked a political firestorm in the state, with the opposition condemning the attack and demanding a thorough investigation.
Chief Minister Vijayan is yet to respond to the allegations made by Governor Khan, setting the stage for further political tension in Kerala.
Nayan Dwivedi is Staff Writer at Swarajya.
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