Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Lakshadweep, Tamil Nadu and Kerala today to review the situation arising in the aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi. During the visit, the prime minister will also update himself as regards the status of the relief operations at Kavaratti, Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram. He would meet officials and public representatives as also the cyclone victims, including the fishermen, and farmers’ delegations, a statement issued by the prime minister’s office said here. Parts of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep were severely affected by the cyclone late last month and early this month. Modi has constantly been monitoring the situation arising out of the natural calamity in the southern parts of the country. The statement also pointed out that the Centre had released the second instalment from the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) for Kerala and Tamil Nadu to supplement the efforts of these states in dealing with the situation. “During financial year 2017-18, the amounts of the central share of the SDRF to the governments of Kerala and Tamil Nadu were Rs 153 crore and Rs 561 crore respectively,” it said.
Since #CycloneOckhi struck, Centre has been monitoring the situation round the clock and ensuring proper rescue and relief operations. We have been working closely with the Governments of the affected states. We stand shoulder to shoulder with all those affected by the cyclone.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2017
Meanwhile, the BJP clinched the Gujarat Assembly polls sixth time in a row today, winning 99 seats in the 182-member House. The saffron party’s tally, however, was 16 less than 115 in the previous election. It is also for the first time it has slipped below the 100 mark since the BJP formed its maiden government on its own in 1995. It was in a coalition government with the Janata Dal in 1990 but the two parted ways soon. The Congress, which had won 61 seats in the previous elections, made handsome gains, adding 16 seats to its tally.