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Kerala enjoys private PoMoneModi joke on Twitter; rest of India confused

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:49 IST

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a series of rallies in Kerala on 9 May, he had no idea what he was getting into. At a rally in Kasargod ahead of the 16 May Assembly election in the state, the PM lashed out at the state government.

"The unemployment rate in Kerala is at least three-times higher than the national average. Infant mortality rate among the Scheduled Tribe community in Kerala is worse than Somalia," PM Modi said, lamenting the state's "poor development".

While Kerala CM Oommen Chandy wrote a scathing letter to the PM, countless users joined a host of angry Keralites as they took to Twitter to chide the PM.

With #PoMoneModi trending across social media platforms, many a user wondered what it meant while others joined in on the fun.

For the uninitiated, Po Mone translates into "Go away, sonny" (or beta tu jaa) - but with the Malayalee stamp of cheeky sarcasm.

Take a look:

Malayalees had a field day on Twitter, to say the least:

A number of other users joined in the fun

Meanwhile, a number of Twitter users, expressed confusion over the hashtag, wanting a piece of the action. Others stepped in to help translate the hashtag.

Some users slammed the development in PM's state - Gujarat, comparing it with both Kerala and Somalia.

If you're still confused about what #PoMone means. Here's the iconic dialogue by Mohanlal that the trend is inspired from:

First published: 11 May 2016, 4:45 IST