BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan's ride with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launch of the Kochi Metro on Saturday had triggered a controversy, after an LDF minister alleged it was a "security breach".
Social media users also questioned the logic behind allowing Kummanam, who is not even a panchayat ward member, to travel with the PM, Chief Minister Pinaryi Vijayan and other dignitaries. Kummanam responded to the allegations saying he had gained permission from the PM's Special Protection Group and the state police, and that he was invited by the PM's office.
However, Kummanam's response did not stop witty Internet users from making memes and jokes which sent social media into overdrive. Some of the jokes have become so popular that 'Kummanam' and variations of the word have now become synonyms for making an appearance without prior notice or going somewhere uninvited, like marriages for instance.
Let's take a look at some of the Kummanam memes which have gained popularity. Disclaimer: Asianet Newsable does not endorse any of the views expressed here.
1 The trolls were kicked off by no one other than the Kerala Chief Minister's office, by uploading a photo of the inaugural metro ride after conveniently cropping out Kummanam.
2 Making it to the famous "how did they get here" meme.
3 Creating history by becoming the first person to ride the Kochi Metro without an invite or a ticket.
3 Becoming the new Spider-Man after he expertly "crawled into" the Kochi Metro without being noticed.
4 Even manages to make an appearance at The Last Supper... "Someone serve some sambar here" was the caption.
5 Guess who had showed up at the Dubai Metro inauguration... That's right, Sheikh Kummanam!
6 Even made it to the Indian cricket team which faced Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final in London on Sunday.
7 And the Germany football team which is participating in the ongoing Confederations Cup in Russia.
8 By comparing him to that freeloader friend who goes to marriages uninvited
9 Becoming part of an iconic dialogue from Drishyam, replacing the word "uninvited guest".