West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that she did not sit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting for talks over Cyclone Fani as she does not consider him as the prime minister, the New Indian Express reports.
Mamata Banerjee's statement came after PM Modi earlier in the day had accused her of "playing politics" over cyclone relief.
"The Centre is involved in relief work, but the speed breaker in West Bengal tried to play politics over this situation. I tried to talk to her (Mamata), but her arrogance is so much that she refused to talk to me. I kept waiting with the hope that she will call back, but she did not," PM Modi had said at a rally in West Bengal's Tamluk district.
According to reports, the TMC had alleged that PM Modi only called West Bengal governor Keshri Nath Tripathi and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik but not West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. However, it was later revealed that the Prime Minister's Office had tried to contact her twice, only not to be responded.
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