PM Modi’s election gaffe in Kerala gets social media roasting, users call it ‘Somalian foot in mouth moment’


Degree row isn’t the only controversy that appears to have cause discomfort Prime Minister Narendra this week.


On Wednesday, his government was given a jolt by Supreme Court, whose intervention forced the Centre to revoke President’s Rule in Uttarakhand.

This setback was followed by the social media onslaught that Modi received because of his speech in Kerala comparing what’s known as God’s Own Country to a poverty-stricken African country Somalia.

On Sunday, according to NDTV, the PM said that for basic and essential health and development factors, Kerala was worse than Somalia, leading to public umbrage and a strong letter of complaint from Chief Minister Oommen Chandy that was made public yesterday.

Facebook and Twitter spent little time in trolling the prime minister on social media platforms.

In no time, #PoMoneModi became the top trend on microblogging site on Twitter with users ridiculing Modi.

The reason for the selection of hashtag #PoMoneModi was because this was a rip off “Po Mone Dinesha”, a famous line from a Malayalam film and translated as “Son, you’re dismissed, better head home.”

Many users mocked Modi by reminding how the south Indian state had superiority on several indices compared to his home state Gujarat.

Among those trolled Modi included celebrities and prominent journalists. Shekhar Gupta said:

Kerala, incidentally, is the only state with nearly 100 percent literacy in India.

User, who operate Subramanian Swamy’s parody account on Facebook posted the following photo highlighting the literacy rate of Kerala.

The user was also quick to highlight infant mortality rate of different Indian states and how Kerala had the least among all other states, particularly those ruled by Modi’s party, the BJP.

Kerala votes on Monday for its next government and Modi has been tirelessly campaigning to garner votes in favour of BJP candidates.

Many users felt that this gaffe may have squandered whatever little opportunities that existed for the saffron party candidates.

Here’s a sample of social media reactions;