Thiruvananthapuram: Union minister of state Suresh Gopi said he never termed Indira Gandhi as ‘mother of the country’, but what he has said was she is the mother of Congress and the mother of modern India.
He said his ‘mother of India’ remark about the former prime minister was misinterpreted by the media. While visiting the memorial of late Congress chief minister K Karunakaran in Thrissur on Saturday, Gopi had described Indira Gandhi as the “mother of India” and Karunakaran as a “courageous administrator”.
Gopi told the media in the state capital on Sunday that he had called the late leader as mother of Congress party in the country.He said he firmly believed that there was nothing wrong in what he had said about Indira Gandhi. He added that the media did not understand the “contextual meaning of his language”.
“What did I say? As far as Congress is concerned, whether anyone likes it or not, K Karunakaran is the father of Congress party in Kerala. In India, its mother is Indira Gandhi. I said this from my heart,” said Gopi.
He added that he wouldn’t be bothered about such controversies since he had a huge responsibility on his shoulders. “I am not listening to the controversies on what I had said earlier. Hence, I am not ready to concentrate on such issues. I have a huge responsibility to take care of,” said Gopi.
He continued to shower praises on Gandhi on Sunday too. “Indira Gandhi is the real architect of India post-independence and until her demise. I cannot forget a person who had worked sincerely for the country just because she belonged to a rival political party,” Gopi added.
Gopi, who reached the state capital for the first time after becoming the Union minister, was given a warm reception by the party brass and workers at the state committee office. He was received by BJP state president K Surendran and former Union minister V Muraleedharan. He also visited BJP district committee office where he was given a reception by party functionaries.