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PM Modi Dials MK Stalin, Puts Nirmala Sitharaman In Charge Of Tamil Nadu Flood Response

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New Delhi: In the wake of unprecedented floods in southern Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Chief Minister MK Stalin. The Prime Minister took stock of the situation. Notably, the southern state was lashed by heavy rains immediately after Cyclone Michaung.

PM Modi deputed Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to assess the flood situation in the state. The PM also assured of all possible support to the state government in the wake of flooding in the state.

“Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi called me to inquire about the unprecedented floods in Southern Tamil Nadu, immediately after Cyclone Michaung. I have explained to him the massive rescue and relief efforts undertaken by the State government, despite resource constraints, and sought immediate financial support from the Union government,” Stalin said in a tweet.

“Prime Minister has assured the support of the Union government to overcome these twin calamities and conveyed that he has deputed Hon’ble Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to assess the flood situation,” the Tamil Nadu CM added.

Notably, a war of words erupted between the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government regarding the allocation of central relief funds. Sitharaman and Tamil Nadu Sports Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin lashed out at each other.

Responding to Sitharamana’s “Central government is not an ATM” remark, Udhayanidhi hit out at the union minister. He said that they were not asking for “their father’s property”. He further added that they were asking “for the share of tax paid by the people of Tamil Nadu”. Responding to Udyaanidhi’s remarks, Sitharaman asked him to “watch his words”.

Notably, Stalin had claimed that there was a delay by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in issuing a weather warning. The four southern districts of the state – Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi and Kanyakumari – witnessed heavy rainfall on December 17 and 18. Around 31 people were reportedly killed in the rain-related incidents. The union minister attacked the state government over its preparedness to tackle the floods.

source by: Times Now News

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