1. In dig at Narendra Modi, Jairam Ramesh pats Issac for becoming ‘FM of Somalia’

In dig at Narendra Modi, Jairam Ramesh pats Issac for becoming ‘FM of Somalia’

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh today took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he congratulated his friend T M Thomas Issac for, what he sarcastically said, taking over as "Finance Minister of Somalia".

By: | Published: May 25, 2016 9:53 PM

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh today took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he congratulated his friend T M Thomas Issac for, what he sarcastically said, taking over as “Finance Minister of Somalia”.

Modi had compared the infant mortality rate among tribals in Kerala with that of African country Somalia during the election campaign rally, which triggered widespread criticism from political parties in the state.

Ramesh said he made a phone call to Issac soon after he saw reports that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to give the crucial Finance Ministry portfolio to the CPI(M) leader, who is also an economist.

“I called Issac and congratulated him on taking over as Finance Minister of ‘Somalia’. He had a hearty laugh and said Modi’s comment was an insult to all Malayalees,” the former Union minister told PTI.

Both the Congress and CPI(M) had flayed the Prime Minister for not withdrawing his controversial remarks that “the situation with the child death ratio among Scheduled Tribes in Kerala is scarier than even Somalia.”

During his conversation with Issac, Ramesh also took a dig at factionalism in the CPI(M), telling him to keep an eye on V S Achuthanandan whom a ceremonial title of ‘Kerala’s Fidel Castro’ was awarded by party general secretary Sitaram Yechury.

“I told Issac watch out for Fidel Castro and G Sudhakaran,” the Congress leader said.

Sudhakaran, considered to be a rival of Issac in the CPI(M) in Alappuzha district, is the new Kerala PWD Minister.

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    Murali Krishnan
    May 26, 2016 at 2:15 am
    Tell me a name holding the tail of modi. Kerala child mortality rate is poorer than somalia. This is a fact. But as usual people twist facts to suit their propoa. Ramesh should be worrying about the fortunes of congress than taking pot shots at others.
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    1. Arceus Thomas
      May 26, 2016 at 11:02 am
      I dont know what to say to people like you. kerala which has a child mortality rate of 12 which is less than other states such as gujarath which has 41 and 155 for somalia. 11 deaths
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        Raghavan
        May 25, 2016 at 11:40 pm
        Good for Ramesh to hold the tail of hi family or else will be out of politics
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          K Roy
          May 26, 2016 at 1:23 am
          Congress is only digging their own graves by such traditional negative politics, which has been rejected by people of India.
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          1. Sujit Kumar
            May 26, 2016 at 12:20 pm
            Jairam Ramesh has a lot of work ahead of him in the rearranged Rajya Sabha; he should think of what might happen there instead of ping snide remarks. One would think he has not been updated about the recently announced state election results or is he plain thick-skinned?
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