Mumbai: 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. A Malayalam TV anchor to ask the Kerala sports minister a question on Muhammad Ali passing away.
When it was his turn to answer, state sports minister E P Jayarajan said that Ali was a ‘great sportsman from Kerala’ and lauded him for winning a gold medal. 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. The quick thinking anchor cut the audio of the minister before he could make any more blunders but the minister has already become the target of trolls on social media.Some even compared the minister to Donald Trump who is known for making statements without checking his facts.