#PoMoneModi: Twittterati uses sarcasm to object to Narendra Modi’s ‘Somalia’ jibe

Written by: Maitreyee Boruah
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Thriuvananthapuram, May 11: Malayalam movie star Mohanlal would have never thought in his wildest dreams that one day a popular dialogue from his film would be used to criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On Wednesday (May 11), #PoMoneModi was trending on Twitter. The trend title was borrowed from actor Mohanlal's popular punch line "Nee Po Mone Dinesha" from the movie Narasimham. Its literal translation stands: You go away dear Dinesh.

Oommen Chandy-Narendra Modi

In the film, Mohanlal mouthed the dialogue to threaten his enemies. However, the phrase suggests a comic threat today.

The Twitter trend, #PoMoneModi, is a sarcastic reply to the Prime Minister, who recently in an election rally at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, compared the state to Somalia. The comparison of Kerala to Somalia, one of the least developed nations in Africa, had hurt the people of the state, said Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

The chief minister has written a strongly worded letter to Modi, alleging that he had insulted the poll-bound state and demanded to withdraw his remarks.

Chandy was seemingly angry with the Prime Minister, but Twiterrati used humour and sarcasm to object to his "Somalia" jibe.

[Read: Irked Oommen Chandy retaliates against Modi's comparing Kerala with Somalia ]

"In Kerala there is enough food for everyone. In Gujarat malnourishment is attributed to bad fashion choices. #PoMoneModi," tweets Entire Brumby (@brumbyOz).

"As @mammukka says, to know about kerala, u should have sense, sensibility and sensitivity ...speechan vanirikunu....#PoMoneModi," tweets Sriram (@sriramananth12).

"Glad he didn't say that Kerala helped the British to establish their colonies here. #PoMoneModi," tweets moses (@chappathii).

Along with #PoMoneModi, Somalia was also trending on the social media.

"To compare #Kerala to Gujarat on HDI itself is an insult, to call it Somalia is a great lesson on how not to win an election! #PoMoneModi," tweets Anand (@aThakkali).

[Read: Don't defame Kerala, Chandy tells Modi ]

"Bhakts are probably googling Somalia right now. #PoMoneModi," tweets Lyndon Pinto (@PintoLyndon).

 

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