‘Charity King’ Firoz Kunnamparambil, the person who actually invented social media fundraising in Kerala, has all the time been controversial. A social media star for fairly a while, his declare to fame is elevating cash for the poor looking for medical therapy. Or for the homeless looking for funds for constructing a house.
A driver and cell store proprietor earlier than his avatar as a charity man, Firoz has been often known as a Muslim League follower. He was the driving force of Kalathil Abdulla, an MLA from Mannarkkad, north Kerala.
His entry into politics has been broadly speculated. Nonetheless, nobody thought that will be on an Indian Nationwide Congress ticket in Tavanur, situated in Malappuram district of northern Kerala.
Firoz has the outstanding expertise to boost hundreds of thousands of rupees in a matter of hours, with only a smartphone and a social media account. There are scores of beneficiaries who would vouch for his well timed help that helped them tide over troublesome instances or save the lives of close to and expensive ones.
The modus operandi is easy: he posts a Fb reside video with the hapless particular person narrating his or her ordeal, the quantity required and so forth., and Firoz asks his followers to donate cash to a selected account arrange for the aim.
His military of followers responds instantly – and he has an enormous fan base within the Center East, all of them abroad staff from Kerala, in accordance with media experiences. Inside hours the required quantity is raised and sometimes ten instances the unique sum is reportedly collected within the account. The rationale behind such abject loyalty of his followers, nonetheless, continues to be shrouded in secrecy. And so is his coping with the excess funds collected in lots of instances, say his rivals.
Lack of transparency
There have been allegations from a number of the so-called beneficiaries that he put stress on them to switch funds to different accounts. There have been questions raised concerning the wealth Firoz has amassed in a brief span, and the automotive and opulent life-style adopted by the jobless man. And every time he has introduced he’s fed up with all these annoyance and is stopping charity work – solely to return to it after a while. The supply of his new discovered wealth, together with dwelling and luxurious automotive full with unique quantity plate, is his buddies and well-wishers, he claims. Clearly, there are insinuations of hyperlinks to cash laundering networks, however nothing has been proved but. The marketing campaign towards him has solely elevated after his entry into politics.
Trouncing minister Dr KT Jaleel in Thavanur is a prestigious problem for United Democratic Entrance and Firoz’s entry is taken into account a masterstroke to show the end result in UDF’s favour with out a lot legwork. A professor of historical past, KT Jaleel isn’t any light-weight. He burst into the political scene as a large killer in 2006 defeating Indian Union Muslim League stalwart PK Kunjalikkutty. And there was no wanting again ever since. Within the elections of 2011 and 2016, he was elected from Tavanur as a Left-backed unbiased candidate. For Firoz, the match just isn’t anticipated to be as straightforward as doing charity with folks’s cash over a Fb publish.