STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Actor in a spot after Collector’s action receives CEO’s clap

Stating that the action by Collector T V Anupama, who is also the Returning Officer, in issuing the notice was justified, Meena said Gopi can petition against her action.

Published: 08th April 2019 04:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th April 2019 04:12 AM   |  A+A-

Actor-politician Suresh Gopi

Actor-politician Suresh Gopi (File Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/THRISSUR: Actor Suresh Gopi, the BJP candidate in Thrissur Lok Sabha constituency, was in a spot of bother after Chief Electoral Officer Teeka Ram Meena on Sunday agreed with the District Collector that “prima facie” he has violated the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) when he invoked the name of god during an election speech.

Stating that the action by Collector T V Anupama, who is also the Returning Officer, in issuing the notice was justified, Meena said Gopi can petition against her action. During the NDA convention on Friday at the Thekkinkad Maidan in Thrissur, Gopi sought votes in the name of Sabarimala and invoked ‘Ayyan’. He said the devotees would give the answer to the government’s brutal actions through their mandate.
Gopi told reporters in Thrissur on Sunday, “It’s a sad plight that devotees are prohibited from even speaking about their favourite god.”

“People will give a fitting reply to this,” he said. Gopi also said the Collector can check the meaning of ‘Ayyan’ and that he has nothing more to say about it. “The reply to the notice will be submitted after discussing with the party,” he said, adding he has time till Monday to submit the explanation.

FOLLOW OUR ELECTION COVERAGE HERE

The BJP has come down heavily on Meena and Collector for their action against Gopi. Party state president P S Sreedharan Pillai said Meena has acted with prejudice. “He (Meena) should’ve first heard the appeal against the returning officer who has declared Suresh Gopi an accused. I can also tell you categorically that Gopi hasn’t sought vote in the name of Lord Ayyappa and his speech was misquoted,” Pillai told ‘Express’. BJP spokesperson B Gopalakrishnan said the Collector was acting at the behest of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and it was evident from the notice served on Gopi. He said the party would continue to raise the Sabarimala issue during its campaigning. On March 11, a day after the election schedule was announced, Meena had laid down the ground rules for the election campaign in Kerala, saying Sabarimala issue and Lord Ayyappa cannot be used for seeking votes.



Comments(1)

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • G Suresh

    Such high handedness by the EC officer. I am an Ayyappa devotee and want to know the viewpoint of the candidate and the party to whom I am going to vote. If the candidate is not permitted to elaborate that
    2 years ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp