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The News Minute| August 10, 2014| 4.30 pm IST Actor Suresh Gopi’s criticism of Kerala Chief minister Oommen Chandy some days ago had become a full pledged political controversy in the state, with many senior congress leaders critiquing the actor for his choice of words. Opposing the controversial Aranmulla airport project, the actor had said, “The Chief Minister of Kerala wants to build an airport on everybody's chest. Where should airports come? How should environment be protected? There are a lot of things involved. If you don't have the knowledge, then you should not speak nonsense. One should ask people who have the expertise, learn, understand and then develop a vision.” On Sunday, Suresh Gopi told various TV channels that the word ‘nonsense’ which he used has angered Chief Minister’s supporters and he is ready to express regret to the Chief Minister. The actor said that many senior leaders of the Congress, including Minister Tiruvanchiyur Radhakrishnan had told him his words were too harsh and out of respect for these senior ministers, he wishes to express regret to the Chief Minister. He however maintained that his opinion on the Aranmulla airport remains the same and he continues to oppose the project that threatens the environmental balance. The actor’s decision to apologise comes after sustained protests by Youth Congress. Protestors had tried to stop some movie theaters from screening the actor’s latest movie Apothecary. Minister KC Joseph slammed Suresh Gopi, calling him opportunistic. “Suresh Gopi has not insulted just the Chief Minister, but he has insulted Kerala. When the power changes in Delhi, Suresh Gopi’s tone changes. But he needs to remember that irrespective of the party, the Chief Minister belongs to the state,” he said. Suresh Gopi rejected comments by Congress leaders calling him opportunistic and said,”How can I be called a turncoat? Then everyone who votes a party out of power, and votes for another party should be called turncoats.” On Sunday morning, Youth Congress members marched to a theatre in Thrissur where Suresh Gopi’s new movie Apothicary was showing. The protestors tore cinema posters and broke some flex boards. Youth congress State President John Daniel had earlier said that protests would go on against the actor till the actor apologises.

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