PM Modi & Mamata Banerjee Meet Over Cyclone, She Skips Review Meet

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Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who met with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik earlier in the day, had a relatively short meet with the Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee.

According to reports, Mamata Banerjee and her Chief Secretary arrived 30 minutes late for the review meeting despite being present around the same premises. Governor Jagdeep Dhankar was also present in the review meeting chaired by the Prime Minister.

The TMC chief appeared to hurry through the meeting as she handed over the review documents and left citing other commitments. The 15-minute meeting was the first meeting between PM Modi and Mamata Banerjee since TMC’s recent victory in the Assembly Elections and the ongoing Centre-State spat.

The last time PM Modi and Mamata Banerjee faced each other was on January 23 at Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, which saw the TMC chief walk off the stage after she declined to make a speech amid chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

Governor Dhankar criticised the Bengal CM, adding that it would have served the interests of the state and its people for CM and officials to attend the review meeting.

The WB Governor tweeted:-

On the other hand, the Bengal CM said that she met PM Modi after having review meetings in Hingalganj & Sagar to assess the impact of the cyclone. She said that a disaster report has been handed over to the Prime Minister as she has now proceeded to review the relief and restoration work at Digha.

“The PM had called meeting. We didn’t know I had meeting in Digha. I went to Kalaikunda & gave PM report, asking for Rs 20,000 Cr- Rs 10,000 cr each for Digha Development & Sundarban Development. I told him you (state’s officials) wanted to meet me. I took his permission & lef, the West Bengal CM was quoted by news agency ANI.

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