Malayalam superstar and BJP leader Suresh Gopi extended an apology to a woman journalist after he placed his hand on her shoulder twice while addressing the media. Gopi, who had previously served as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha, expressed regret for any discomfort or offense his actions may have caused.
A Prompt Apology:
Taking to social media, the politician clarified that he has never acted inappropriately in any public or private setting. He acknowledged the journalist’s feelings and promptly apologized if his actions had upset her in any way.
The Incident and Subsequent Reaction:
The incident occurred when Gopi placed his hand on the journalist’s shoulder while responding to her questions during a media interaction. Following this, journalist associations protested against what they considered “inappropriate” behavior and demanded an apology.
The incident drew reactions from various political quarters. The CPI(M) and its youth wing criticized Gopi’s actions, while senior Congress legislator Ramesh Chennithala suggested it’s best to avoid such situations. He also indicated that since Gopi has offered an apology, the matter could be put to rest.
However, the journalist pointed out that Gopi’s response went beyond mere clarification.
The journalist is reportedly considering pursuing her complaint against Suresh Gopi. Notably, he is set to contest the Thrissur Lok Sabha seat for the BJP, having done so in 2019 and securing the third position with 2.93 lakh votes.
Suresh Gopi’s apology reflects his acknowledgment of the journalist’s concerns and a step towards addressing the issue surrounding the incident.