The Narendra Modi-led government and the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress entered into a verbal duel over Cyclone Fani which made landfall in West Bengal recently.
While the TMC claims that the PM called Odisha CM, Mr. Naveen Patnaik, to discuss rescue and rehabilitation operations it never phoned Ms. Banerjee. The PMO sources, however, said that she never returned the call. The party also alleged that Mr. Modi only spoke to the Governor, Mr. Keshari Nath Tripathi, about the situation in the state post-Fani.
Rubbishing the claim, the PMO disclosed that the PM tried to contact the West Bengal CM to talk about the cyclone and relief measures but was unable to do so as his calls were not returned. Cyclone Fani did not cause much havoc in West Bengal and flight and train services are getting back to normal.
The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) resumed its routine operation Saturday morning at both Haldia and Kolkata docks. Due to the cyclone, the CM cancelled her election programmes and stayed put at Kharagpur in West Midnapore district to monitor the situation.
"There was not much damage in the state. At least 850 mud houses in the districts were partially damaged, while 12 were destroyed," PTI quoted the CM as saying. Banerjee further said that the state government will provide help to people whose houses were damaged due to the cyclone.
As per the Odisha government cyclone, 'Fani' led to one of the biggest human evacuations in history as 1.2 million people were evacuated in 24 hours including 3.2 lakh from Ganjam district and 1.3 lakh from Puri.
Addressing the media persons, Odisha CM said, “3.2 lakh from Ganjam and 1.3 lakh people from Puri were evacuated with almost 7000 kitchens catering to 9000 shelters were made functional overnight. The mammoth exercise involved more than 45 thousand volunteers, 3 million targeted messages, 2000 emergency workers, youth clubs and other civil society organizations, ODRAF, NDRF, PRI agencies.”