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At PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee’s Cyclone Survey, A Marked Social Distancing

As PM Modi arrived in Bengal to evaluate the cyclone injury, the pressure confirmed.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi right this moment introduced Rs 1,000 crore help for West Bengal after an aerial tour of the state the place 80 individuals have died and infrastructure has been badly broken 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,” stated the Prime Minister, terming the monetary assist to Bengal as “advance interim assistance”.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was seated at a distance from him as a part of virus precautions, later advised the media that the Prime Minister did not make clear whether or not it could 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 advised 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,” stated 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 subsequent yr.

As PM Modi arrived in Bengal to evaluate the cyclone injury, the pressure confirmed. Social distancing was the order of the day, from the airport to the survey helicopter to the press convention later.

In photographs that drew touch upon social media, Ms Banerjee was seen strolling far forward of PM Modi after welcoming him.

In the chopper, Bengal Governor Jagdish Dhankar sat reverse the PM whereas Ms Banerjee was not in the identical body.

At the briefing, PM Modi stated a central staff would survey the injury.

“At this hour, we are also facing the coronavirus crisis. The mantra to fight coronavirus and the mantra to fight the cyclone are completely opposite. In corona, people must stay where they are and observe social distancing. In cyclone, people have to move to safety,” the Prime Minister, who used a shawl as a masks throughout his go to, remarked.

“Despite these contradictions, West Bengal is fighting well.”

The cyclone swept by coastal Bengal on Wednesday, leaving a path of destruction with 1000’s of houses broken and timber and electrical poles uprooted. State capital Kolkata suffered enormous injury because the roaring winds tore off roofs, partitions and timber, leaving roads blocked.

Ms Banerjee had requested the Prime Minister to go to the state which, in keeping with her, had suffered injury price Rs 1 lakh crore.

This is PM Modi’s first journey exterior Delhi in 83 days as he remained in Delhi due to the nationwide lockdown to battle coronavirus.

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