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A file photo of former cricketer S. Sreesanth filing the nomination papers as BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: PTI
A file photo of former cricketer S. Sreesanth filing the nomination papers as BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Thiruvananthapuram. Photo: PTI

Sreesanth bears the brunt of #PoMoneModi memes

Memes lampooning Narendra Modi's Somalia-Kerala comparison star Sreesanth

Ex-cricketer and wannabe politician Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is finding himself the butt of jokes on social media, and for once, for no fault of his.

Sreesanth, who is fighting for a seat in the Kerala assembly in the 16 May election from Thiruvananthapuram, is paying the price for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comparison of scheduled tribes in the state to the people of Somalia, one of the least developed countries in the world.

In revenge, creative Malayalis (and of course Congress supporters) have flooded social media with memes targeting the former fast bowler, who was inducted into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the run-up to the election.

Sreesanth is the BJP candidate for the Thiruvananthapuram seat in a contest that pits him against Congress leader and state health minister V.S. Sivakumar.

Today, he finds himself in several #PoMoneModi (which translates to go home, son) memes that target Modi. Take this for example, where he’s been compared to a Somalian appealing for food (actually, for a wicket)

Sreesanth’s appeal
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Sreesanth’s appeal

That’s not all. In another meme, the crying face of Sreesanth when Harbhajan Singh slapped him during an IPL match in 2008 has been juxtaposed with the text stating that a Somali is watching the PM eat food.

A blast from the past
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A blast from the past

In March, Sreesanth was dragged into a controversy, when he said he would like to see Kerala develop the same way as “Modiji had done for Gujarat".

Those on social media platforms weren’t kind to him back then either, reacting with a flurry of tweets and posts, highlighting Kerala’s human development indicators, which were better than those of Gujarat.

But this isn’t about Sreesanth or the BJP alone. Politicians from the non-BJP parties have also found themselves the target of memes.

There’s one, which features the chief minister Oommen Chandy and his cabinet colleagues, titled “The pirates of Somalia"

Actor Mammooty too seems to be a favourite of the meme makers in this particular case. The reason, it seems, is that prime minister Modi and he are of the same age (65 years).

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