While Kerala is reeling in the aftermath of one of the worst floods in 100 years, Karnataka, too, has faced heavy rains. Atleast 12 people have been feared dead in the districts of Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Kodagu and more than 5,000 displaced.
In the wake of ongoing relief operations in the affected places, Karnataka Minister HD Revanna has managed to court a controversy after a video showing him flinging biscuit packets at flood victims in a relief camp in Hassan district, Karnataka, went viral on Monday, Aug 20.
Revanna, PWD Minister and brother of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, had visited the flood-ravaged Ramanathapura village in his district Hassan to meet the displaced people at the relief camp. After interacting with them for a few minutes, Revanna was seen picking biscuit packets and hurling them at the people.
As the video clip went viral on social media besides being aired on TV channels, netizens termed Revanna's action as 'insensitive'. News18 published a report as well and slammed the minister's act, calling it inhuman. Revanna's son Prajwal Revanna was quick to act and agreed to tender an apology on behalf of his father. "It was unintentional. My father is a very humble man. He was in a hurry that day and I apologise for his act," he said, to the reporter.
Reports suggest that Revanna was one of the first ministers to rush to the aid of flood victims in Hassan and Kodagu districts by sending tankers of milk and truck loads of food items. Hence, this act has come as a shock to many who had hailed his relief work earlier.
Senior BJP leader S Suresh Kumar flayed Revanna for the act. "Dear Public Works Minister, throwing biscuits (at the flood victims) is not a public work... Is it the bloated ego, uncivilised behaviour... behind throwing biscuits?" he asked in a facebook post.