Centre has given measly sum of Rs 52.26 crore as flood relief to Karnataka which is in stark contrast to the Rs 156.84 crore released for Andhra Pradesh, a state ruled by the Congress.
Floods in Karnataka affected about 15 lakh people involving 15 districts and about 5 lakh people in five districts of Andhra Pradesh. While the toll in Karnataka has already crossed the 200 mark, it’s less than 60 in Andhra. The total loss due to floods is pegged at Rs 16,500 crore while Andhra’s estimates are Rs 12,500 crore.
It’s not the first time the central relief is perceived as step-motherly. Just about two months ago Karnataka sought Rs 2,000 crore for drought relief, but got only Rs 150 crore.
Earlier also Congress at centre had played politics with calamity relief, Last year UPA government asked Bihar to refund of Rs 1,000 crore given to the State by the Centre as relief for Kosi flood victims.