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Unending Tussle: Mamata skips review meet with PM Modi on impact of cyclone Yaas

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While the West Bengal elections are over, the clash between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continues. Banerjee made PM Modi wait for 30 minutes for a review meeting on the impact of cyclone Yaas on the state.

Banerjee, after arriving late for the meeting, handed over papers related to the cyclone and left for other meetings, according to media reports. The CM’s act left Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, who was also present for the meeting, shocked.

First meeting after election

Notably, it was the first meeting between the two leaders after the West Bengal Assembly elections in which Banerjee’s party, the Trinamool Congress, registered a thumping victory. While the BJP was confident of winning 200 seats in the election, it managed to win only 77 seats, whereas the TMC won 213 seats. The only consolation prize for the saffron party was Mamata Banerjee’s election defeat at the hands of BJP leader and TMC turncoat Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram.

Governor tweets

Later, Dhankhar took to Twitter and said that confrontational stance ill serves the interest of the state or democracy. The governor said, “It would have served interests of state and its people for CM and officials to attend review meet by PM. Confrontational stance ill serves interests of State or democracy. Non-participation by CM and officials not in sync with constitutionalism or rule of law.”

Mamata clarifies

Mamata Banerjee, reportedly, justified her action saying that she was not intimated about the meeting on time. Minutes after the tweet by Dhankhar, Mamata tweeted saying she met the PM at Kalaikunda and made him aware of the post-cyclone situation in Bengal.

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The Bengal CM tweeted, “After having review meetings in Hingalganj & Sagar, I met the Hon’ble PM in Kalaikunda & apprised him regarding the post-cyclone situation in WB. The disaster report has been handed over for his perusal. I’ve proceeded now to review the relief & restoration work at Digha.”

Mamata has reportedly demanded Rs 20,000 crore from the Centre for relief and rehabilitation work post the devastation caused by the cyclonic storm.

Impact of cyclone Yaas

The ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ Yaas made landfall near Balasore district in Odisha and wreaked havoc in the state along with West Bengal. The high wind speed combined with the torrential rains resulted in flooding of coastal areas and low-lying areas along rivers due to a rise in water level. Massive damage to public infrastructure in the coastal areas has been reported in Bengal.

 

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