In an embarrassing blunder, Kerala Sports Minister and senior CPM leader E P Jayarajan offered tribute to boxing legend Muhammad Ali as “a great personality in the Kerala’s sports world”.
The CPM Central Committee member’s homage to the greatest boxer of all time has gone viral on social media.
“Just now, I have heard the news that Muhammad Ali died in America. He was a great personality in Kerala’s sports world. Winning gold medals, he took the fame of Kerala to the world and to the skies. I am expressing Kerala’s grief in his death,” Jayarajan, who is also the state industries minister, said on live TV.
Jayarajan had been general manager of CPM daily Deshabhimani until recently. He won in the recent polls from Mattannur constituency with a margin of 42,000 votes, the second highest margin in this election.