Will take legal steps against Modi’s barb: Chandy
Kochi, May 12: The Kerala government will now take legal steps against Prime Minister rendra Modi for comparing the state with Somalia, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said on Thursday. Addressing a hurriedly-called press conference here, Chandy said he had hoped that Modi would withdraw his remark that came in for widespread criticism in the state. The comparison, he said, “has affected Kerala and the people of our state in a big way.
“Since his statement came at an election rally, we are looking at the legal aspects on how we can approach the Election Commission”, the Congress leader said.
Chandy said the latest Human Development Index ranked Kerala as the number one state while Modi’s home state Gujarat was at the 11th place.
“He is the prime minister of the country. He is not just a BJP leader to demean our state. He perhaps forgot that Kerala is a part of India. It has really hurt Kerala and Keralaites.”
Modi said on Sunday that the child death ratio among tribals in Kerala was scarier than even Somalia.
He also cited media reports to say that tribal children in Peravoor were seen foraging for food in a garbage dump - to make his case that the state had not been properly governed.
Ever since Modi made the remark, the social media has been flooded by the “PoMoneModi” hashtag which takes its origin from a hugely popular film dialogue of superstar Mohanlal. Loosely translated, it means: “Get lost.” Former chief minister A.K. Antony also asked Modi to apologize for the remarks. (IANS)