Suresh Gopi on Indira Gandhi ’mother of India’ remark: ’Simply because of that draconian act, I cannot sway away...’

Union Minister Suresh Gopi praises former PM Indira Gandhi as the 'real architect' of post-independence India, amidst controversy over his 'mother of India' comment. He attributes his deviation from Congress to emotional reasons, citing his adherence to Sanatana Dharma.

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Published16 Jun 2024, 03:37 PM IST
Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Suresh Gopi speaks to the media
Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Suresh Gopi speaks to the media (ANI)

Union Minister Suresh Gopi dubbed former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi the ‘real architect’ of the country after Independence amid furore over his "mother of India" remark. The Lok Sabha MP — the lone BJP leader representing Kerala — also said that his deviation from the Congress was an ‘emotional’ decision. 

“My parentage, my traditions, the essence of Sanatana Dharma- I have to perform all those valuable traits. Simply because Indira Gandhi is Congress, and for that draconian act of hers, I cannot sway away from attributing. I call her the real architect of India post-independence until her death,” he said.

The actor-turned-politician claimed that his remarks had been misinterpreted by the media. Gopi asserted that the reason behind his shift (from the Congress) was an emotional one. 

“Simply because my father's family was a Congress family, my mother's family worked up to the formation of Janasangh in Kerala... I was in the SFI. But the reason behind my shift was not political. It was emotional. I will live my life emotionally as well, acceptable to all classes of life, all segments of life, all levels of life...” he insisted.

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The BJP leader had earlier sparked debate after insisting that late Congress Chief Minister K Karunakaran was a “courageous administrator” and dubbing Gandhi the ‘mother of India’. He also called Karnuakaran and Marxist veteran E K Nayanar his "political gurus". 

The actor-turned-politician won the Thrissur constituency this month in a triangular contest against Karunakaran's son and Congress leader K Muraleedharan.

“It was a contextual reference. I was talking about the true worth of leader Karunakaran. Like how to the Congress and non-Congress people of Kerala, even though there might be founders and co-founders, the administrational quality and efforts that result totally to the benefit of people, Karunakaran should be the father of Congress in Kerala. In the context of that, I had referred to Indira Gandhi as the mother of Congress in India,” he reiterated before reporters on Sunday.

(With inputs from agencies)

 

 

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First Published:16 Jun 2024, 03:37 PM IST
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