West Bengal government has refused to hold a review meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Fani, the PMO sources said on Monday.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently in Odisha taking stock of the situation due to Cyclone Fani. He also wanted to do same for West Bengal and the Govt of India had written to the state about a review meeting of PM with state government officials today. However, the state government has replied that the govt officials are busy with election duty and hence the review meeting should not be held,” the Prime Minister’s office sources said.
Meanwhile, Modi conducted an aerial survey to assess the loss and destruction caused by Cyclone Fani in Odisha. He was received by Governor Ganeshi Lal and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on his arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport .
PM Narendra Modi along with Patnaik held a review meeting with officials after the aerial survey.
At least 34 people were killed during Cyclone 'Fani', which barrelled through coastal Odisha on Friday last, causing widespread destruction and leaving hundreds grappling with water shortage and power cut.
On May 5, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) denied Trinamool Congress’ allegation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi called only West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi instead of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to inquire about the ground situation in the wake of cyclone Fani.
The PMO said that two attempts were made on Saturday morning, from the PM's staff, to connect prime minister to the West Bengal CM on phone, but on both occasions, she didn’t return the call.
“Attention has been drawn to reports in a section of media, that TMC has expressed its displeasure at PM Modi speaking only to West Bengal Governor, about the post-Fani situation in the state. TMC have claimed that the PM had called Odisha and not West Bengal Chief Minister. The claim is incorrect,” the PMO added.