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Karnataka PWD minister HD Revanna's blatant display of insensitivity for flood victims draws flak

The video of Revanna throwing biscuit packs at people herded at a relief camp in Arkalgud of Hassan has gone viral.

Published: 20th August 2018 03:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st August 2018 04:52 AM   |  A+A-

The video of Revanna throwing biscuit packs at people herded at a relief camp in Arkalgud of Hassan has gone viral. (Photo| Screen grab)

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: PWD minister and the Chief Minister’s brother H D Revanna courted controversy after a video showing him flinging biscuit packets at flood victims at a relief camp in Arkalgud in Hassan district went viral on Monday.

Netizens who shared the video on multiple platforms have termed Revanna’s action as “insensitive” to those devastated by the floods. But coming to his brother’s defence, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy claimed that it was an unfortunate incident but Revanna’s intention was not wrong.“He (Revanna) is pained that despite all the good work he did, he is receiving flak,” Kumaraswamy said. 

HDK defends brother, calls incident unfortunate

The 1.59-minute video doing the rounds shows the minister posing for cameras at a makeshift relief camp set up in a government school. The video has not only attracted criticisms for Revanna but also the Congress, the coalition partner in the Karnataka government. Netizens even compared Revanna’s behaviour to that of the US President Donald Trump when he threw relief material at victims of the hurricane in Peurto Rico.

Kumaraswamy, however, defended his brother and cabinet colleague. “Revanna routed 25,000 litres of milk from Hassan to flood-affected areas and contributed 200 quintals of rice. Yes, he could have asked volunteers to distribute the biscuit packets but it was unfortunate that this happened. He did not do it out of arrogance. He is pained that despite all the good work he did, he is receiving flak,” Kumaraswamy said.
Another video of Kumaraswamy reading a newspaper while sitting in a chopper meant for an aerial survey was also shared on social media to slam the Karnataka government’s approach to floods.“I was reading the newspaper when the chopper was yet to reach flood-affected regions. What is wrong in that?” Kumaraswamy said in his defence.

Here is how many on Twitter reacted to Revanna's act.

 

 

Videos of Revanna displaying disdain for flood-affected victims are being shared on various platforms.

BJP asks Revanna to apologise

BJP has demanded an apology from Revanna for his act. “Revanna’s insulting conduct towards those in the relief centre was reprehensible. The minister has insulted the flood victims by throwing the biscuit packets at them, instead of reaching out to them in a humane manner,” said BJP MLC and State General Secretary N Ravikumar.



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