After Mamata Banerjee's party Trinamool Congress attacked PM Narendra Modi alleging that he did not respect the federal structure of India, sources from the Prime Minister's Office have refuted the charges.
The TMC had on Saturday said that PM Modi spoke only to Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik regarding Cyclone Fani. But instead of contacting West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, the party said, PM Modi spoke to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi about the ground situation about the cyclone and alleged that he did not respect the federal structure of India.
"We have no problem that PM called the governor to enquire about the ground level situation. But only Chief Minister and state government officials can give him the real picture at the ground level", said another senior TMC leader.
It only reflects that the Prime Minister doesn't have any respect for the federal structure of this country. In a federal structure, the PM should call the CM to inquire about the ground level situation. But just to play politics over this issue he decided not to call CM, he said.
Speaking to Republic TV, the sources from PMO said that the claim by the TMC is incorrect and that the Prime Minister did attempt to get through to CM Banerjee. The sources said that the Prime Minister's staff made two attempts to connect PM Modi and the West Bengal CM on Saturday morning. During the first attempt, the staff was told by the West Bengal CM's office that Banerjee was on tour and that the call will be returned and during the second attempt the CM's office told them that the call will be returned.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, Mamata Banerjee courted controversy on Sunday after she expressed rage at some people who hurled chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ at her convoy while it was on the way to Chandrakona in West Bengal's Midnapore district.