Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Home News Reports Was the ‘UAE extends Rs 700 crore aid for Kerala flood’ assertion just a...

Was the ‘UAE extends Rs 700 crore aid for Kerala flood’ assertion just a big fat lie?

The devastating floods in Kerala have now become a slugfest for settling scores for political parties camouflaging the mudslinging under the guise of being sensitive towards the flood victims. Earlier this week, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan announced in a press briefing that the UAE has ‘offered’ financial assistance of Rs. 700 crore for Kerala floods relief.

UAE pledging Rs. 700 crore aid.

Some media outlets like TheNewsMinute quoted that the same has been communicated by the UAE administration to Prime Minister Modi on 21st August regarding the same.

Statement by Pinarayi Vijayan where he claims the UAE has pledged Rs. 700 crore aid

Soon after Kerala CM’s announcement, controversies started pouring in on how a foreign country is offering Rs. 700 crore relief while the central government has offered ‘only’ Rs. 600 crore while the chief minister had requested for an immediate release of Rs. 2,000 crore to deal with the crisis.

Controversy over aid amount from Centre vs UAE

Meanwhile, it also came to light that the UAE government’s ‘offer’ was conveyed to the Kerala CM not through the government but by businessman M.A. Yusuf Ali, the owner of Lulu Supermarkets.

Kerala CM claiming how the UAE government ‘offer’ was conveyed to him by the owner of Lulu supermarket.

So, how did the Kerala CM announce the UAE government’s offer without having received any official communication from the government?

But by then, the narrative was already built. Soon, the Centre was under fire for not ‘accepting‘ the aid by the UAE government. However, such refusal was in line with the policy adopted by the previous Dr Manmohan Singh government during previous natural calamities like the 2004 Tsunami and 2013 Uttarakhand floods. In 2004, a policy was set of refusing to accept foreign aid for disasters as not only a diplomatic tool but also to enforce the self-reliance of India.

However, now the UAE government has come out and claimed that no such official announcement for the flood relief is made by the UAE on any specific amount. As reported by Indian Express, the UAE Ambassador Ahmed Albanna said that there is no official announcement so far on the specific financial aid. Albanna categorically denied the announcement of Rs. 700 crore aid.

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India, the second biggest constituent in the ruling Left Democratic Front, came down heavily on Centre for ‘rejecting’ the offer of UAE, which never came through. The CPI said if the Centre wants to reject the Rs. 7 billion offer from the UAE, it should give Rs. 26 billion interim assistance the state is asking for. CPI even accused the Centre of standing in ‘false prestige’ for not accepting the offer that was never made in the first place?

This brings out bigger questions. Who planted the fake news that the UAE government has offered financial aid? Why was the same accounced by the Kerala CM without having received any official communication? Who benefits from the political mudslinging in wake of a disaster?

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

From cover up to conspiracy to murder: Some unanswered questions about Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s death in Kashmir

Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee had died mysteriously days after he was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir for entering the state without permission

“Prepare to be sued”: Former IFS officer Lakshmi M Puri shuts up Congress supporter Saket Gokhale for misleading allegations against her

Alleged activist and Congress mouthpiece Saket Gokhale made baseless allegations against Lakshmi M Puri, wife of Hardeep Singh Puri

Ever Given: Ship that blocked Suez Canal has since been held by Canal authorities, they wanted 916 million dollars

After demanding 916 USD initially, the canal authorities had later lowered the demand amount to 550 million. A final settlement is expected to be reached soon.

Trinamool MP Mimi Chakraborty duped by fake IAS officer’s fake vaccination drive, one arrested

Mimi Chakraborty was reportedly duped by a man who claimed to be an IAS officer and requested the TMC MP to be chief guest at a COVID-19 vaccination drive organised by him.

Telangana: Woman working at Christian priest’s home dies in police custody, officer suspended

Mariyamma, who used to work as a domestic help at local priest Father Balaswamy's house in Govindapuram village, breathed her last on June 18 after cops allegedly assaulted her.

Kanpur: Hindu families put “for sale” signs outside their houses after being forced to convert to Islam, SP MLA accused of shielding the goons

10 Hindu families in Rail Patri colony in Kanpur live under constant fear as they have been threatened either to covert to Islam or leave the area.

Recently Popular

Ravish Kumar appears massively frustrated as India administers 85 lakh COVID vaccines in single day, this is why he does not make sense

Ravish Kumar goes on a ranting spree to hate on PM Modi by camouflaging propaganda as 'criticism' over COVID-19 vaccination

How Venkatesh Prasad is winning hearts with his ‘Sanghi’ posts, one tweet at a time

Venkatesh Prasad demonstrated the Surya Namaskar for his followers, performed in deference to the Sun God.

‘Is your father a mali or chowkidar? I will cancel your license, H*r*m*zade’: Maneka Gandhi threatens vets in viral audios

The Indian Veterinary Association in a letter have condemned the unruly behavior and unparliamentary language used by Maneka Gandhi against animal doctors.

Oxfam says reporting rape cases harms black and marginalised people, blames ‘privileged white women’ for root causes of sexual violence

Oxfam says that fighting against sexual assault legitimises criminal punishment, which harms black and other marginalised people

After being slammed by Bombay HC for lack of evidence, Mumbai police names Arnab Goswami as an accused in second TRP chargesheet

Republic TV had submitted before Bombay HC that Mumbai Police have deliberately not named Arnab Goswami in charge sheet to keep the investigation open
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

255,564FansLike
555,501FollowersFollow
24,400SubscribersSubscribe