As PM Modi arrived in Bengal to assess the cyclone damage, the strain showed.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced Rs 1,000 crore assistance for West Bengal after an aerial tour of the state where 80 people have died and infrastructure has been badly damaged by Cyclone Amphan.
“We will support Bengal in this hour of tragedy, with relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction. We all want West Bengal to move ahead. The centre will always stand with West Bengal in these testing times,” said the Prime Minister, terming the financial help to Bengal as “advance interim assistance”.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was seated at a distance from him as part of virus precautions, later told the media that the Prime Minister didn’t clarify whether it would be an “advance or a package”.
“He said he’ll decide later on but he said it may be advance also. I said whatever you will give you decide, we’ll give you details,” Ms Banerjee told the media.
“In this hour of crisis, we feel that we must work together. There are so many areas where they can help us, state government also exists in this country and central government also exists. If there is a crisis, everybody must work together,” said the Chief Minister, who has been resentful of what she calls the centre’s bullying and interference in her state and who has accused PM Modi of depriving Bengal of funds.
Ms Banerjee’s interactions with the ruling BJP have been progressively acrimonious as Bengal heads to elections next year.
As PM Modi arrived in Bengal to assess the cyclone damage, the strain showed. Social distancing was the order of the day, from the airport to the survey helicopter to the press conference later.
In photos that drew comment on social media, Ms Banerjee was seen walking far ahead of PM Modi after welcoming him.
Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi , Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and other officials of the Centre and State attended a review meeting on the devastating Cyclone Amphan. Here are some pictur