Suresh Gopi / File Photo: Ridhin Damu
Actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi has been receiving flak on social media for his remarks about non-believers.
Suresh courted controversy as his remarks as part of his speech at the Shivaratri celebration in Aluva went viral. Suresh who emphasised the importance of faith in instilling love and discipline hit out at non-believers in the speech.
Suresh believes that those who insult faith must not be allowed to live a peaceful life. He added that he would pray at the sanctum sanctorum for the total destruction of forces who act detrimental to the rights of the faithful. Suresh also urged the audience to do the same.
On social media, Suresh's remarks sparked debate with many asking if his morale is aimed at destroying others who don't adhere to his faith. A section asked whether he would forgo the votes of non-believers.
Many on social media pointed out that India is a secular country where people can choose conscience or faith. Some pointed out that he had once again failed those who respected him despite his political affiliation with a party they don’t like.
Earlier, Suresh courted controversy over ‘Vishukaineettam’. The visuals of Suresh Gopi, sitting in his car, giving ‘Kaineetam’ (money) to women and kids and letting them touch his feet for blessing went viral. The actor was criticised for his actions.
Suresh Gopi had also given money to the head priest of the temple to give ‘Kaineettam’ to the devotees visiting the temple. The temple management later banned such donations.
The actor, whose Rajya Sabha term ended recently, has reportedly got a green light from BJP to prepare for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Suresh Gopi had unsuccessfully contested in the 2019 general elections and 2021 assembly elections from Thrissur.