It was a simple online exercise: suggest a name for the Kochi Metro mascot, a cute little baby elephant. But little did the organizers know that the famed trollers of Kerala could whip up a political controversy over it.
After Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) put up a post, inviting suggestions for the mascot's name, entries flooded their page. The FB post, along with a photo of the little tusker, said: 'Don't name me – Appu, Thoppi, Kuttan. Name me something cool, and win exciting prizes'.
But a certain smart Aleck suggested 'Kummanaana' - a term used by the trollers to poke fun at state BJP chief Kummanam Rajasekharan. The suggestion 'Kummanaana' has garnered over 20,000 likes and is racing ahead on the popularity chart.
The KMRL's earlier assurance that they would pick the name that gets maximum number of likes has put them in a fix. The red-faced KMRL then came up with an excuse that entries defaming a personality will not be considered for selection. However, netizens are in no mood to give up. They have created an FB page for 'Kummanaana', asserting that the name with the most number of likes should be picked for the metro's mascot.
The last date for the contest is Monday (December 4). A three-member committee of the KMRL will finalize the name and the winner.
Meanwhile, Kummanam Rajasekharan has refused to be pulled into the controversy. “I have nothing to say. I will adopt the same approach towards those who praise me and the one who hurls abuses at me,” Kummanam told Manorama News.