Modi praises Odisha CM for tackling Cyclone Fani well, says Mamata didn’t return my calls

Lauding Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for his response to Cycle Fani, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said the state government had done a commendable job in evacuating coastal areas to minimise the loss of lives. After completing the survey of the damage caused by Cyclone Fani, Modi, with Patnaik by his side, said: The state government was both proactive and responsive.I too kept track despite the hectic election schedule, sent a team in advance. The Centre, state and the grassroots workers worked with such is not a small thing to move 12 lakh people to safety. Hours before he surveyed Odisha, Modi at a poll rally in Tamluk in WB said he made two calls Mamata in the aftermath of Cyclone Fani that went unreturned. Speedbreaker Didi is more interested in doing politics, Banerjee was quick to respond. At her rally in Gopiballabhpur, she said: If you did not come here for a political election rally, I would have gone (to meet you). I do not consider you the PM anymore. I will talk to the new Prime Minister. Earlier, West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee had accused the PM of bypassing the federal structure by talking only to Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. Banerjee also said that she was in Kharagpur when the calls from the PMO came and later the state government had been called for a meeting at Kalaikunda, where he landed for an election meeting after touring the cyclone battered Odisha. Meanwhile, at a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee chaired by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha on Monday, the Odisha government said restoration of power and telecommunication infrastructure was still the priority in cyclone-affected areas. Around 50% power restoration has been reported while more work is needed in Bhubaneswar and Puri. The finance ministry has also directed insurance companies to settle claims expeditiously and the state-level banking committee has been asked to convene to coordinate banking issues, including the functioning of ATMs. Railways have resumed train services on all the lines. The yard at Puri, which was extensively damaged will be restored fully by May 12.