Thiruvananthapuram: ‘Veekshanam,’ the mouthpiece of the Congress party in the state, on Friday unleashed a scathing attack on actor Suresh Gopi for trying to give a ‘Hindu’ push to the Vizhinjam project issue.
“If pride is personified, that would become Suresh Gopi, and a saffronised Suresh Gopi would become Kerala Togadia,” said Veekshanam in its editorial on Friday.
The newspaper mocks the actor’s somewhat faded acting career in Malayalam film industry and says he was in an effort to get the ‘blessings’ of Modi by paying a visit to him before the Lok Sabha elections.
Gopi does not know how and when to use some of the ‘vocabulary’ he learned from the BJP. He is disgracing Hinduism by using such words out of context. Gopi, who now pours praises on Modi and BJP, had a time when he was wandering around Cliff House and Indira Bhavan.
Films stars entering politics is not a new phenomenon. There is nothing wrong in it either. But to spit communal venom to get a grip in politics is a dangerous tactic, the article says.
Suresh Gopi, in a blatant expression of his saffron ambitions, on Wednesday urged the "Hindu community'' to come forward with a view to making the Vizhinjam project a reality.
"If the Hindu community comes forward, it would be easy to mobilize the funds,'' he said while inaugurating the secretariat march by the Vizhinjam Parish Council demanding speedy implementation of the port project. The state should hold discussions with Hindu leaders for its completion, Gopi said.
His remarks stumped the organizing committee members and invited criticism from several quarters including CPL-M leaders.