Petty 'North-South divide' politics over Kerala floods
With Kerala being ravaged by floods and its loss estimated to be more than Rs. 20,000 Cr, there is a sense of resentment among many Keralites that its tax proceeds have been pocketed by the Centre, but it is not doing enough to help the state out of the crisis.
Over this, there is a petty 'North-South divide' (Northern states receive more than what they pay as taxes) being played. Many are of the opinion that the Congress and CPI(M) are interested in promoting this psyche for electoral dividends.
There were floods in Uttarakhand and Bihar a few years ago. In the former, 6000 people died. But there was no blame game in the name of North vs South then.
There is an increasing trend to blame the Centre more than the successive Kerala state governments for what is happening in the state (the state didn't implement the Madhav Gadgil report on the Western Ghats). When Uttarakhand and Bihar were flooded, the state governments were held accountable.