CM Pinarayi Vijayan reaches out to Tamil Nadu via Twitter
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has appealed for assistance to his rain-ravaged state, where 95 people have been killed in various incidents, with the leader tweeting in Tamil to present the grim picture.
Pinarayi Vijayan tweeting in Tamil seemed to be an attempt at reaching out to the people of Tamil Nadu, as hinted by an official in his office.
The official in the Kerala Chief Minister's Office (CMO), on conditions of anonymity, only said Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted in Tamil because Tamil Nadu was a neighbouring state.
In the series of tweets, Pinarayi Vijayan said some people were "spreading false propaganda" that Kerala required no assistance in the wake of the monsoon fury which led to landslides and floods, leaving 95 dead and nearly 2.25 lakh people displaced.
"The Kerala government is doing its best to help the families affected from the rain and (relatives) of those killed," Pinarayi Vijayan said, while pointing out that a UN report has pegged the losses from last year's deluge in the state at Rs 31,000 crore.