Astonished by the deep sports knowledge exhibited by two of Kerala's rising stars, PM Modi has, for once, decided to set aside party differences and choose one of two Kerala politicians to replace the outgoing sports minister for India.
It all began with Kerala Sports Minister E P Jayarajan. Asked what he thought about boxing legend Muhammad Ali's death, Jayarajan sounded genuinely sad saying, “Ali was an eminent personality in Kerala’s sports world. Ali elevated the name of Kerala internationally by winning a gold medal for us. I hereby share the sadness Kerala’s sports world in Ali’s demise.”
In fact, Jayarajan was stopped by the television crew just before he was about to offer government jobs to Ali's family members on live television. However, Jayarajan's comment did accomplish a lot. It was also the first time ex-sports minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan did not feel lonely in this world.
PM Narendra Modi, who was the last person to put Kerala on national news, brushed aside the verbal gaffes, saying they were not a problem, and instead chose to see it as a sign of greatness. Modi said, “Saying wrong things in front of camera is part and parcel of politics. I have myself made some unforgettable gaffes as you all remember despite my great oratory skills. It's the passion that matters, not the facts”.
With the PM praising Jayarajan, the opposition were not to be left behind. While reprimanding Jayarajan in a press conference after two-time Olympian Anju Bobby George accused the Sports Minister of threatening her and the Kerala Sports Council, K Sudhakaran referred to Anju Bobby George’s brother-in-law Jimmy George as her husband. Allegedly, this was Sudhakaran's second failed attempt to attack Jayarajan.
"Who doesn't know Anju? Not just Anju, her husband Jimmy George and his entire family who had dedicated their life for sports," Sudhakaran said in a press conference.
Apparently, Sudhakaran missed out on a comma in the sentence after “husband” reinforcing the need for “proppar gramer” lessons in one's childhood.
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