Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was used as the BJP’s star campaigner in Kerala, was being trolled on Twitter today for comparing the coastal state to Somalia in a recent election speech.

Twitter users have responded with hashtag #PoMoneModi (Go Off Modi) and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said Mr Modi’s remarks were “baseless”.

Kerala votes on Monday for its next government.

On Sunday, the PM said that for basic and essential health and development factors, Kerala is worse than Somalia, leading to public umbrage and a strong letter of complaint from Chief Minister Oommen Chandy that was made public yesterday.

“You made statements that had nothing to do with reality and likened Kerala to Somalia. This is unbecoming of a Prime Minister and has created a great deal of agony,” the Chief Minister said. “Is it not a shame for the Prime Minister to pronounce that a state like Somalia exists in the country?” asked Mr Chandy.

And on Wednesday, #PoMoneModi became one of the top trending topics on Twitter with people using memes, cartoons and jokes to express their anger: