Social media can be hilarious, and sometimes unforgiving. It has virtually forced the number two minister in the two-week-old Pinarayi Vijayan ministry in Kerala, EP Jayarajan, to admit that he has indeed goofed up on the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali.After memes and trolls rained over his tribute, calling Muhammad Ali ‘pride of Kerala’, the new sports minister and CPM heavyweight admitted to his gaffe on Sunday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I just heard that Muhammad Ali died in America. He was a prominent sports personality in Kerala. He has won gold medal and made Kerala famous in the world of sports. I express my condolences,” the minister could be heard saying in the video.But the Facebook post he put out on the faux pas too ended up as fodder for those baying for his blood on the social media. They ask how could a minister, who is unpardonably ignorant of great Ali, successfully lead Kerala sports, which has produced an array of sports stars, they ask.The minister, in turn, has put the blame on the TV reporter who sought his reaction. “While I was rushing for a function, I was called by the channel for my comment. They didn’t brief me properly. I was under the impression that the dead Muhammad Ali was a Kerala sports man. For a moment my memory didn’t work. In such situations, channels properly brief ministers. It did not happen my case. I hope people in Kerala and the sports world would realise it. But I admit that mistake is a mistake,” the minister’s Facebook post reads.Another one to be trolled for mistaking Muhammad Ali for a footballer, however, was not so forthcoming as the minister in admitting to her folly. Anadita Patel, who was trending all over for her tweet, “RIP Mohammed Ali. The best footballer of all time better than Ronaldo Maradona and Messi”, even as people were mourning all over the internet, tweeted on Sunday, “To Every1, I mistake Pele with Ali.They almost same.And you all make fun of me and call me dumb.I no change for u All.”


When Kerala Sports Minister and Anadita Patel were trolled for their tributes to Muhammad Ali