For Sports Minister Jayarajan, Muhammad Ali is Kerala sportsman, social media has a field day trolling him

E P Jayarajan senior CPI(M) leader remembered iconic boxing star Muhammad Ali as a sports star who won medals for Kerala in international tournaments

For Kerala sports minister, EP Jayarajan, American boxer Muhammad Ali is a legendary sportsman from Kerala.

And he expressed shock at the  death of the boxer during a telephonic interview with a prominent Malayalam television channel.

And the trolls had a field day……

It all happened when Manorama News channel called Kerala’s sports minister EP Jayarajan during their special broadcast on Muhammad Ali.

Jayarajan had no qualms in saying that he heard about the death of Muhammad Ali in America.  And he went on to describe the achievements of the boxing legend as a man who won gold medals for Kerala.

The minister also expressed his condolences on behalf of Kerala’s sporting community by stating that his death is an unbearable loss for the state.

Trolls lost no time in taking on the number two minister in the newly elected Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet.

E P Jayarajan is a member of the central committee of CPI(M), the highest decision making body of the largest Left party in India.

He was the general manager of the Deshabhimani daily, the party mouth piece, before he became the minister in May.

Years ago, Jayarajan was removed from the general manager’s  post following reports that Deshabhimani had taken Rs 2 crores from  controversial lottery promoter Santiago Martin, who is embroiled in several cases.

But his proximity with the top leadership of the CPI(M) saw him return as general manager  after some months.