Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File photo)

PMO made attempts to connect Modi to WB CM over phone post Fani: Sources

ANI | Updated: May 05, 2019 16:27 IST

New Delhi [India], May 5 (ANI): The PMO had made attempts to connect Prime Minister Narendra Modi to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over telephone post cyclone Fani, according to government sources.

Reacting to reports in a section of media that TMC has expressed its displeasure over PM Modi speaking only to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to inquire about the situation in the aftermath of the cyclone, the sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said that the claim is incorrect.

According to TMC, the Prime Minister had talked to Tripathi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik but “did not call up” Banerjee.

The PMO sources said that two attempts were made by the PM’s staff to connect the Prime Minister to Banerjee over the telephone.

"The claim made by TMC is incorrect. Two attempts were made on Saturday morning from the Prime Minister's staff to connect the Prime Minister to the West Bengal Chief Minister on phone," the sources told ANI.

They said that on both occasions, PMO staff was told by Banerjee’s office that the Chief Minister was on tour and the calls would be returned once she was back.

"The first time, the staff attempting to place the call was told that the West Bengal Chief Minister is on tour and the call will be returned. On the second occasion too, the staff was told the same by her office and that the call will be returned," the sources said.

Patnaik had on Saturday stated that PM Modi had telephoned him and taken stock of the relief work being carried out in the state. The Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Odisha tomorrow.

Odisha bore the brunt of the May 3 cyclone which caused large-scale devastation in the state. Parts of West Bengal also suffered damage.

Cyclone Fani crossed over to Bangladesh on Saturday and is expected to cause heavy rain in north-eastern regions of India on Sunday and Monday after having lost much of its strength. (ANI)