Cyclone Fani: Naveen Patnaik earns praise from PM Modi, Mamata throws a spanner



PM Modi praises Naveen Patnaik: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday undertook an aerial survey of the area ravaged by Cyclone Fani in Odisha. State CM Naveen Patnaik, Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other leaders and officials accompanied PM Modi during the survey of worst-hit Puri district and other areas. Odisha has revised the death toll due to Cyclone Fani, which stormed into the coastal areas last Friday, to 38. The cyclone has left a trail of destruction across the state with many areas grappling for power cut and shortage of drinking water. Lok Sabha Election 2019: Full Coverage Talking to reporters at Bhubaneswar airport after he took stock of the situation, PM Modi heaped praise on Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik for his governments handling of the natural calamity. PM Modi lauded Patnaik for his advance planning in the wake of the cyclone which saw millions of people being shifted to safer places. Naveen babu ne acha plan kiya (Naveen babu planned it all very well), Modi said. Communication was very good between state and Central government. I was also monitoring. The way people of Odisha complied with every instruction of government is praiseworthy, he added. #WATCH: PM Narendra Modi says,Naveen babu ne bohat acha plan kiya, Bharat sarkar usmein unke saath reh karke sari cheezon ko aage badha payegi. #CycloneFani pic.twitter.com\/MnGxBcTeFh Mamata ignores Modis phonecall While Naveen Patnaik earned PM Modis praise, his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee reportedly ignored calls from the PM office to discuss the impact of Cyclone Fani on the state. A top government official said that PM Modis office tried to connect with Mamata Banerjee on Saturday but the calls were not returned. PM Modi then had a telephonic conversation with Bengal Governor Keshari Nath. Two attempts were made by the prime ministers staff to connect Modi with Banerjee over phone. On both the occasions they were told that the call would be returned. On one occasion they were told that the CM is on tour, PTI quoted an official, as saying. Also Read: Mamata Banerjee promises to continue sending sweets to Modi, but there PM Modi and Mamata Banerjee have been engaged in a bitter war of words amid the campaigning for the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. The verbal spat between the two leaders took an ugly turn last month when Mamata responded to Modis revelation during a non-political interview with actor Akshay Kumar that the Bengal CM sends him personally-selected kurtas, sweets every year. Modis statement invited an angry reaction from Mamata Banerjee who said that she will now send rasgulla made of mud and pebbles which will break the PMs teeth. PM Modi didn We will give him rasgulla from Bengal. We will make sweets from the soil and put pebbles in it like cashew nuts and raisins are used in laddoos, that will break his teeth, Mamata had said during a rally.