Kolkata, May 22 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday expressed her gratitude to President Ram Nath Kovind for conveying his support over a telephone call. In a Tweet, Ms Banerjee said, “I sincerely thank the Hon’ble President of India @rashtrapatibhvn Shri Ram Nath Kovind Ji, for personally calling me to convey his support and concerns for the people of Bengal in this unprecedented time of crisis because of the cyclone.
“We are extremely grateful, Sir,” she said. In another tweet, Ms Banerjee said, “Dear @Naveen_OdishaJi, extremely grateful for the kind words in these unprecedented times. As a fellow Chief Minister trying to restore the state post the Cyclone, this is extremely warming.” Earlier in the morning, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik enquired about the intensity of the damage caused due to the extremely severe cyclonic storm and conveyed Odisha's absolute solidarity with the people of West Bengal at this hour of crisis, a statement released by the Odisha Chief Minister's Office said. Mr Patnaik had on Thursday directed the chief secretary to remain in touch with his West Bengal counterpart and ensure all possible assistance to the neighbouring state. "The people of Odisha stand with the people of West Bengal at this hour of crisis," he had said.
Ms Banerjee also expressed gratitude to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for conveying his support during a time like this. “Thank you, @vijayanpinarayiJi. On behalf of the people of Bengal, I wish to extend my gratitude for your concerns during a time like this,” she said. Earlier, in a tweet Kerala chief minister said, “Dear Mamata Banerjee ji (@MamataOfficial ), We are deeply saddened to learn about the immense destruction caused by the cyclone. We want to inform you that the State of Kerala stands in solidarity with the people of West Bengal.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and State Governor Dhankhar held an aerial survey this afternoon and thereafter landed at makeshift helipad at Basirhat college grounds in North 24 Parganas. They are scheduled to hold a meeting on Amphan devastation and relief at the district itself. (UNI)