14:10 GMT12 April 2021
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    Legislative Assembly polls in the southern Indian state of Kerala are due to be held on 6 April. The federally ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is yet win the state, is leaving no stone unturned to emerge victorious this time. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi addressed his first electoral rally in the state.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a sharp attack on Kerala's state government while referring to the gold smuggling scandal, in which state chief Pinarayi Vijayan’s office faces corruption allegations.

    “Judas betrayed Lord Christ for a few pieces of silver… Likewise, LDF has betrayed Kerala for a few pieces of gold,” the Prime Minister said.

    ​The case relates to the seizure of about 30 kg of gold worth $2 million from diplomatic baggage at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport on 5 July last year.

    A prime suspect in the case, Swapna Suresh, informed the Kerala High Court about the involvement of the state’s ruling government. 

    Presently, the Communist Party of India – Marxist (CPI-M)- led Left Democratic Front (LDF) rules Kerala state. Its main opposition is the Congress-led United Democratic Fund (UDF).

    In the 2016 Kerala assembly elections, the BJP won only one seat out of 92 it contested. An election for 140 assembly seats will be held in a single phase on 6 April. The result will be declared on 2 May. 


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