Lok Sabha Elections 2024: 'Narendra Modi is my political God,' says Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi marking BJP's debut victory in Kerala

04 June,2024 04:49 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  ANI

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: NDA has secured its first-ever seat in Kerala with actor Suresh Gopi`s victory in Thrissur

Suresh Gopi

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Actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi who is poised for a historic win in the parliamentary seat of Thrissur said he is "ecstatic" about the BJP breaching the bastion in Kerala according to trends announced by the Election Commission on Tuesday in the counting of votes in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

"What was very impossible became gloriously possible," said the actor who contested from the seat for the second time after losing in the last general elections in 2019.

Gopi said he "bowed down to" the "truly secular voters" of Thrissur, adding that there were attempts to "corrupt" the voters' mind away from the BJP but the Gods "led them in the correct path".

"Attempts were made to mislead the voters but God led them on the correct path to accept my party through me ...even if some of you feel that this is a miracle, this miracle was imminent...The victory is due to people's blessings. I bow down to the truly secular voters of Thrissur who made this victory possible," the actor said.

He further said that "...Narendra Modi is my political God. ..I am not believing in just a manifesto...I will work for the whole Kerala...I will work as Kerala MP..."

The 65-year-old actor said, " I am in totally an ecstatic mood. What was very impossible became gloriously possible...it was not a 62-day campaign process, it was an emotional carriage for the past 7 years...I work for Kerala as a whole. My first pick will be to have AIIMS..."

Gopi also credited his victory to the BJP workers who worked in his election campaign.

"I also credit my party workers who worked in more than a thousand booths in the constituency. A lot of mothers and sisters from other districts and states also worked for me. Many of them came from Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. Their effort made a positive impact," he said.

Suresh Gopi was leading with 400706 votes in the Thrissur constituency with a margin of 73091 votes over V S Sunil Kumar of the CPI and Congress' Muraleedharan of the Congress who polled 319560 votes as per data on the poll body's website at 2 pm.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was leading by 3,28,460 votes in Wayanad constituency over his nearest rival CPI's Annie Raja, as per Election Commission data. Congress sitting MP Shashi Tharoor took a lead over BJP's Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Thiruvananthapuram with 325896 votes and CPI's Pannian Raveendran in third spot, data by EC said.

Congress' KC Venugopal was leading with 364811 votes against nearest rival AM Ariff of the CPI (M) while BJP's Sobha Surendran trailed in the third place.

The polling in Kerala was held in single phase on April 26. The voter turnout was recorded at 71.27 per cent. Out of the total 2,77,49,158 voters in Kerala, a total of 1,97,77,478 exercised their franchise.

In the 2019 General Elections, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the BJP failed to open its account in the southern state.

In its attempt to garner votes in Kerala, the BJP focussed on the Christian community in the state which accounts for 18.38 per cent of the total population.

Meanwhile, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the BJP crossed the majority mark in early leads and the INDIA bloc above 200, defying all exit poll predictions.

The BJP is currently leading on 240 seats, as per the latest trends by the ECI. The Lok Sabha elections were held across the country in seven phases from April 19 to June 1.

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