Suresh Gopi
Suresh Gopi joins the BJP.Suresh Gopi/Facebook

Malayalam superstar Suresh Gopi, who was sworn in as a Rajya Sabha MP in April 2016, has officially joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday, October 19.

The actor joined the party in the presence of Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, party General Secretary Bhupinder Yadav and Jharkhand Minister CP Singh. He has also shared a photo of the formal occasion on his Facebook page. "The BJP will be strengthened further in Kerala by the joining of Suresh Gopi," Naqvi said, according to IANS.

The National Award winning actor is the first Malayalam actor to be part of the upper house of Indian Parliament. The actor, who is also known for his social works, took the oath in English before Indian Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari and in the presence of his family members. 

Suresh Gopi sworn in as Rajya Sabha MP

Suresh's name was nominated by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee following the recommendation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to open a strong ground for the BJP in the South Indian state. Boxer MC Mary Kom, former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, Subramanian Swamy, former NAC member Narendra Jadhav and journalist Swapan Dasgupta were also then nominated by the president from the field of literature, science, sports, art and social service.

Meanwhile, on the acting career front, Suresh was last seen in the Malayalam movie My God, which couldn't make a mark at the box office in Kerala. The latest reports suggest that he has been roped in to play the lead role in the sequel of his superhit movie Lelam. The second part of the family action entertainer is said to be helmed by Nithin Renji Panicker, who made his debut as a director with Mammootty-starrer Kasaba in 2016. Also read: Is Lelam 2 on the cards?