Prime Minister Narendra Modi came under severe criticism from the people of Kerala after he compared the infant mortality rate among the Scheduled Tribe community in the southern state to that in Somalia.
Targeting the ruling UDF government, the prime minister at an election rally in the poll bound state had on Sunday said, “The unemployment rate in Kerala is at least three-times higher than the national average. Child death ratio (infant mortality rate) among the Scheduled Tribe community in Kerala is worse than Somalia.”
- Invoking Somalia comment, Digvijaya Singh thanks PM Modi for hailing Kerala as God's country
- Offered bananas before photo: ‘Boy in Somalia jibe picture’
- Chandy wants PM to retract 'Somalia' remark, says may move EC
- Kerala govt considering legal action against PM Modi for Somalia remark: CM Chandy
- #PoMoneModi: Angry Kerala responds to PM Modi's Somalia comparision
- Story behind the picture that provoked PM Modi’s Somalia jibe in Kerala
He also talked about the picture published in media showing Dalit boys searching food in garbage. “Recently, there was a shocking picture published by the media. The picture showed Dalit boys from Peravoor, known as stronghold of the Communist party, searching food in a pile of garbage.”
The statement didn’t go down well with the people of the state and its chief minister who lashed out at Modi for ‘insulting the state’ and asked him to show some “political decency” by withdrawing his remark.