BJP-ruled states take backseat in helping flood-hit Kerala


Bhubaneswar: As Kerala continues to battle floods, many states have come forward to provide financial assistance to help the Pinarayi Vijayan government to speed up the rescue and restoration works.

However, most of the states which are ruled by BJP have not announced a single penny to the flood-ravaged Kerala so far. States like Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, NE (mostly BJP), Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, all are ruled by BJP, have not announced a single penny to Kerala.

That apart, Bihar (JDU/BJP), West Bengal (AITC) and Jammu and Kashmir (Governor Rule) have not announced any assistance to the Kerala government.

On the other hand, many states which are ruled by regional parties have taken the lead and announced help for flood-ravaged Kerala. While Telangana (TRS) announced immediate financial help of Rs 25 crore for flood-hit Kerala, Delhi (APP) announced a contribution of Rs 10 crore.

Similarly, Karnataka (INC/JDS) announced Rs 10 crore, Punjab (INC) Rs 10 crore, Andhra (TDP) Rs 10 crore, Odisha (BJD) Rs 5 crore, Tamil Nadu (AIDMK) Rs 5 crore, Pondicherry (INC) Rs 2 crore.

Meanwhile, it’s ironical that the same central government, which released less than 10 per cent of the estimated damage in Kerala, granted better package for other states that bore the brunt of floods recently – Gujarat, Assam and Bihar – all three where the BJP is in part of the government.

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