- Kerala Industries and Sports Minister EP Jayarajan courted controversy following the appointment of his close relative in a public sector undertaking.
- Though the minister initially defended the posting, the appointment order was hastily cancelled after mounting pressure from the opposition.
- Now the social media is abuzz with trolls on the Communist minister.
Kerala Industries Minister EP Jayarajan has never let down trollers waiting to prey on him. After assuming office in May this year, he has regularly provided fodder to keep the social media rolling with laughter. The latest is his defiant response to alleged nepotism in appointments to top posts under him.
"My relatives will be in many places," he told media when asked about the posting of Sudheer Nambiar, his nephew, as the MD of Kerala State Industrial Enterprises (KSIE). "You (media) have no business in it," he added.
The social media was quick to react, awarding the minister the 'best Chittappan (Uncle) of the year' award.
"Wish I had a Chittappan like him," a troller said.
A series of memes and trolls flooded the social media with tags #HaiChittappa and #Chittappan Saghavu (comrade). "Chittappan came and everything is alright," said a troll parodying the Left Democratic Front's election slogan: 'LDF will come (to power) and everything will be okay.'
Chittappan's Party of India- M [Makkal and Marumakkal (sons and nephews)]
Jayarajan: Aren't you the one who supplies milk to my aunty's grandma's distant uncle?
Jayarajan: Well, you are appointed as the MD of MILMA (public sector dairy products company).
The expression of Minister Chittappan after giving plum post to his nephew.
Some went for 'historic auditing', recalling the controversy that eventually led to the unceremonious exit of Olympian Anju Bobby George from Kerala Sports Council after EP Jayarajan allegedly accused her of appointing her brother in the council.
Anju: "What is the name of the minister who blamed me for posting my brother in the Sports Council"
"There was a minister who opposed the posting of Anju Bobby George's relative in the Sports Council..."
"...Yesterday, he appointed his nephew as the MD of a PSU."
Last time the Jayarajan put his foot in mouth was when he called the legendary sports personality Muhammad Ali a Keralite. The faux pas was made when the Minister, who also holds sports portfolio in the Pinarayi Vijayan ministry, gave an obituary message live on television.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:39 PM IST