BJP Thrissur MP Suresh Gopi refutes reports of resigning as union MoS

After the news clip of his, where he wishes to be "relieved" from the ministerial post has gone viral, Suresh Gopi took to X, to clarify.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 10, 2024 | 3:48 PM Updated Jun 10, 2024 | 5:16 PM

Suresh Gopi taking the oath

Debutante BJP MP from Kerala’s Thrissur, Suresh Gopi, on Monday, 10 June, refuted reports that he would resign from the Council of Ministers.

After a video clip of him wishing to be “relieved” as minister went viral, the MP took to X, to clarify.

Refuting the news reports, he wrote, “A few media platforms are spreading the incorrect news that I am going to resign from the Council of Ministers of the Modi Government. This is grossly incorrect. Under the leadership of PM
@narendramodi Ji we are committed to the development and prosperity of Kerala.”

A few hours after taking the oath at the Rastrapathi Bhavan, on Sunday, 9 June, Suresh Gopi speaking to a Malayalam news channel claimed he didn’t want a minister post.

BJP state president K Surendran too refuted the reports and said that “some sections of the media continue to haunt Suresh Gopi.”

“They did this when he was defeated. They now continue to do it even after he wins. That Suresh will not take the minister’s post is baseless. Such reports will neither harm BJP nor Suresh Gopi.”

Suresh Gopi’s win from Kerala has been one of the most striking developments of the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

Winning with a considerable margin from Thrissur, Gopi helped the BJP open their account in the southern state.

However, after taking the oath for Union Minister of State, Gopi speaking to the media said that he hoped the BJP leadership would soon relieve him from the ministerial post.

What did Suresh Gopi say?

In the now viral news clip, Suresh Gopi can be seen saying, “I don’t know which portfolio will be allotted. My first priority will be to bring AIIMS to Kerala. As an MP I will work towards that by coordinating with the ministries concerned. I had not raised any demand.”

He proceeds to say, “From the beginning, I made myself clear that I don’t want minister post. The leadership knows that. I hope to be relieved soon. I don’t think Thrissur voters will be bothered by that. As their MP they had the faith in me that I will try my level best to perform well.”

The MP further says he has to do films, “I have to do films. Let them (leadership) take a call.”

In another interview, he stated, “I was not expecting to be in the ministry. As an MP I will work towards spreading the BJP’s tentacles in the South.”

Just a day after the election result too, Gopi had said, “Please do not confine me to a room. As an MP I can do the work of various ministries. I do not want to be a minister. There can be new revolutionary working platforms.”

“All I want is that when I go with a project for the people of Kerala with determination, the ministries concerned should implement it,” he had said in response to reporters’ query as to which ministry he would prefer to head.

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Congress criticises

The INC Kerala handle on X, sharing the news clip, has attacked the BJP MP for “choosing to do films instead of  being a minister.”

“Actor and BJP MP Suresh Gopi took oath as MoS yesterday and portfolio is yet to be assigned. Today he wants to quit because he wants to do films! He is sure that leadership will relieve him soon,” they further wrote.

Further questioning the central leadership, they questioned, “Why this mockery of voters? Why don’t you tell your MP to first decide what he wants to do in life and most importantly stop this show in front of the media after taking oath in the name of God and the constitution.”

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(Edited by Sumavarsha Kandula with inputs from Dileep V Kumar)