Prime Minister’s Office sources today strongly dismissed Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) claims that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not call Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to inquire about Cyclone Fani updates. Moreover, they said that it was Mamata, who had avoided to talk with Prime Minister, when Modi tried to contact her twice over phone.
“Attention has been drawn to reports in a section of media, that TMC has expressed its displeasure at PM Modi speaking only to WB Governor, about the post-Fani situation in the state. TMC have claimed that the PM had called Odisha and not WB CM. The claim is incorrect,” PMO sources said today.
PMO sources said that two attempts were made by PM’s staff on Saturday morning to connect Modi to the West Bengal CM on phone. The sources further said first time PM’s staff were told that CM Mamata Banerjee is on tour and call will be returned. When the PM’s staff called West Bengal chief minister for the second time, they were again told by West Bengal CM’s office that Mamata is not in office and the call will be returned.
The PMO’s clarification comes a day after the West Bengal government attacked PM Modi for dialling governor Keshari Nath Tripathi instead of Mamata to inquire about the situation in the state in wake of cyclone Fani.
This is an attack on a federal structure and a deviation from the Constitution. By calling the Governor he has acted as leader of BJP and not as a Prime Minister. How can he deny the mandate of our people? Mamata Banerjee is the elected chief minister of Bengal. This is unfortunate.” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee had said.