New Delhi: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scrutiny of the infant mortality rate in Kerala drew  public flak, the Kerala government has again countered the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) claim that children in the state were malnourished in a widely circulated poster.  
Contesting for the 16th May electoral bypolls in the state of Kerala, PM Modi had addressed in a rally that the situation of the child death ratio in the state was worst than that of Somalia. And in a bid to highlight this issue, the BJP had circulated a poster showing two kids in a garbage dump scrounging for food. 
But in a video countering the authenticity of the photograph, the mother of the two children tells a reporter that she was shocked to find her children collecting trash. 
“These are my children, I saw their picture in a newspapers. I was shocked. The picture showed them collecting trash. Some bjp workers came inside our house and asked why these boys are not put up in hostels, they did not reveal much details. I also went to Peravoor and inquired. I also checked with the newspaper that had published the photographs. One of my boys was holding a banana and the other was searching for something inside a cover,” the mother said.  
Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy has asked PM Modi to apologise for the remark comparing Kerala to Somalia. 

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