Central government today announced the inclusion of Malayalam film actor Suresh Gopi as the Rajya Sabha member. His nomination has been finalized under the arts category.
Suresh Gopinathan, aka Suresh Gopi has starred in over 200 Malayalam films and has been active in politics for past few months. He was also invited to the swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in 2014. Gopi was earlier approached by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to contest Kerala Assembly elections to be held in next month, which he had politely refused. Ex-cricketer Sreesanth has replaced him as BJP’s candidate from Thiruvananthapuram constituency.
While Suresh Gopi refused to contest elections, he had said that he is eager to work for the development of country, but not through politics and hence will not contest elections. Apparently, Gopi agreed to campaign maximum in Kerala for BJP and has been a star campaigner for the party in upcoming assembly elections.
Getting the news about his inclusion as Rajya Sabha member, Suresh Gopi said the position was a gift from the Prime Minister Modi to the people of Kerala. He also said that this must not be considered as a political move. “This is not a political decision. I would like to work for the country not in politics,” he said. Suresh Gopi also said that his first priority will be to save the rivers and he will give importance to the environmental development.
Senior BJP leader O Rajagopal welcomed the Central government’s decision and said, “This decision should have come earlier. We are happy about this.”
PM Narendra Modi will be campaigning in Kerala ahead of the elections in next month and Gopi will also accompany him. He will also share the podium with Prime Minister at the public rallies.
Several political experts have claimed that BJP will include Suresh Gopi in the Central government cabinet as the only representative from Kerala. The cabinet is likely to be re-structured soon. The move may be made before the Assembly elections in Kerala as BJP is eying to gain firm stand in the coastal state, where it has no significant presence so far.