Friday, October 23, 2020
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

US Senate Committee on Judiciary approves subpoenas for Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg asking them to testify over allegations of censorship

The senate approved the subpoenas in a 12-0 vote after both Facebook and Twitter censored a New York Post report on Joe Biden

Remembering Lalu’s Jungle Raj in Bihar: When an IAS officer’s wife was raped for two years by an RJD leader

During Lalu's Jungle Raj in Bihar, IAS Officer BB Vishwas's wife Chamba Biswas was raped for 2 years by RJD leader Mrityunjay Yadav

“Your outrage against Hinduphobic content on OTT platforms may actually be fuelling more such content”- Here is what an industry insider says

OTT platforms are not hit if a movie or a series if boycotted for Hinduphobic content as people have already paid for subscription

No, India Today, Katrina Kaif in yellow saree for Navratri is not offensive to Hindus, this is where you got it wrong

India Today tries to be holier than thou while trying to paint Hindus as trolls over Eros Now's vulgar Navratri posts

CM Yogi distributes relief amount of Rs 113.21 crore among the flood-affected farmers in Uttar Pradesh

CM Yogi distributed the relief amount to the flood-affected farmers in 19 districts of the state by online transaction.

‘Mughal Prince Tucy’ lashes out on AIMIM’s Asaduddin Owaisi, calls him ‘Bewakoof, and Gadha’

Prince Tucy said that when the people of Hyderabad are dealing with horrific floods, MP Asaduddin Owaisi is busy doing poll campaign in Bihar.

Recently Popular

France: Charlie Hebdo cartoons projected on government building to express solidarity with deceased teacher who was beheaded by Islamic terrorist

Days after the barbaric beheading of teacher Samuel Paty on the streets of Paris by a terrorist for showing the cartoons of Prophet Mohammad to his students, support continues to pour in for the deceased teacher.

Eros Now apologises for publishing vulgar Hinduphobic content on Navratri

After netizens outraged over vulgar posts on Navratri, Eros Now issued an apology.

Lucknow: Jama Mazar caretaker ‘Kale Baba’ caught running sex racket, video goes viral

The caretaker has allegedly confessed to police that he was sexually exploiting women and engaging them in illicit activities in the name of curing infertility and other ailments.

No, India Today, Katrina Kaif in yellow saree for Navratri is not offensive to Hindus, this is where you got it wrong

India Today tries to be holier than thou while trying to paint Hindus as trolls over Eros Now's vulgar Navratri posts

Complaints filed against Eros Now and Arré for vulgar social media posts related to Navratri

Both Eros Now and Arre had published social media posts linking Navratri festival with sex and vulgarity

Remembering Lalu’s Jungle Raj in Bihar: When an IAS officer’s wife was raped for two years by an RJD leader

During Lalu's Jungle Raj in Bihar, IAS Officer BB Vishwas's wife Chamba Biswas was raped for 2 years by RJD leader Mrityunjay Yadav
- Advertisement -

Canada condemns China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Read details

the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development heard testimonies of academics, civil society and victims of Chinese atrocities for 12-long hours and over 2 days.

Argentinian artist accuses Disha Patani of passing off his artwork as her brother’s: Read details

In fact, the anime artwork shared by Disha Patani claiming to be her brother's artwork was first shared by Argentinian artist 'Inhoso' in July this year.

Raza Academy threatens to move court against Maharashtra govt if Eid-e-Milad procession is not allowed

Eid-e-Milad is celebrated to commemorate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad and it falls on 29th October this year.

US Senate Committee on Judiciary approves subpoenas for Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg asking them to testify over allegations of censorship

The senate approved the subpoenas in a 12-0 vote after both Facebook and Twitter censored a New York Post report on Joe Biden

Complaints filed against Eros Now and Arré for vulgar social media posts related to Navratri

Both Eros Now and Arre had published social media posts linking Navratri festival with sex and vulgarity

Chhattisgarh police file FIR against video journalist who had reported on farmer protests based on an allegedly edited video

Video journalist Manish Soni had reported about the plight of farmers whose paddy crops were ruined due to anti-encroachment drive

Reducing Navratri to ‘mating dance’, comparing Holi with terrorism— how the Indian media has turned Hinduphobic

After Eros Now posted series of vulgar messages associated with Navratri, far-left site Arre posted a Hinduphobic tweet on Durga puja

Remembering Lalu’s Jungle Raj in Bihar: When an IAS officer’s wife was raped for two years by an RJD leader

During Lalu's Jungle Raj in Bihar, IAS Officer BB Vishwas's wife Chamba Biswas was raped for 2 years by RJD leader Mrityunjay Yadav

“Your outrage against Hinduphobic content on OTT platforms may actually be fuelling more such content”- Here is what an industry insider says

OTT platforms are not hit if a movie or a series if boycotted for Hinduphobic content as people have already paid for subscription

Mumbai Police threatens Republic TV executive editor with imprisonment for refusing to reveal source of Hansa report in TRP scam

Republic TV Executive Editor warned by Mumabi Police that he will be booked under IPC sections 174 and 179 if does not give source of Hansa report

Connect with us

245,563FansLike
466,002FollowersFollow
18,800SubscribersSubscribe