UPDATE: Karnataka Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee today said Tamil Nadu government has accepted the Rs 5 crore flood relief assistance the Sidhharamaiah government had offered. He was responding to reports that the Jayalalithaa government had rejected Karnataka's gesture, the first by any state government.
Mukherjee in an interview to Vijaya Karnataka, said that Tamil Nadu was cooperating with Karnataka on flood relief and that the solatium was accepted.
The Tamil Nadu government has reportedly refused the Rs 5 crore humanitarian assistance offered by the Karnakata government for the state hit by massive rain and floods.
According to a Public TV report on Friday, the Tamil Nadu government has refused the relief offered by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, saying it does not need the assistance as of now.
Tamil Nadu state officials have said they have the necessary supplies and other assistance required to recover from the loss they have suffered due to rain. Public TV quoted the state officials as saying that the government will ask for assistance if and when needed.
Besides, Jayalalithaa has sought Rs 5,000 crore aid from the Central government, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a fund of Rs 1,000 crore only. Several actors in the South film industry and badminton player Saina Nehwal have also offered monetary assistance to flood-hit Chennai.
The refusal may raise eyebrows as the Karnakata government has challenged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's acquittal in the ₹66 crore disproportionate assets (DA) case in the Supreme Court, which has posted the hearing in February.
Tamil Nadu government officials have, however, refuted the possibility of any war between the two states over any issue.