Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday hit back on BJP’s criticism over the duration of his visit to cyclone-hit Konkan region of the state, said he was at least taking stock of the situation on the ground and not conducting an aerial survey in a helicopter.
His remarks came after PM Modi conducted aerial survey in Gujarat, where cyclone Tauktae caused considerable damage earlier this week.
Uddhav Thackeray on Friday visited Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts in Konkan to know the ground situation in the aftermath of the cyclone and directed the authorities to complete the crop loss assessment within two days. However, BJP leaders in Maharashtra targeted Thackeray over the duration of his visit.
Former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis said he was surprised to know that Uddhav Thackeray was making political comments during his merely three-hour long tour of Konkan while the opposition leader Pravin Darekar sought to know how the Uddhav Thackeray could understand in just three hours the extent of damage caused by the cyclone.
Responding to the BJP’s attack on him, he said he has not come here to respond to opposition’s criticism.
Cyclone Tautkae, which made landfall in Gujarat on Monday night, also affected several other states along the west coast, including Goa, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Thackeray’s statement comes after PM Modi was getting emotional on Friday while paying condolences to those who lost their lives during Covid second wave.
Interacting with the frontline workers, PM Modi had to take multiple pauses and was seemingly emotional, trying hard to fight back tears.
Terming the Covid-19 vaccine as a ‘safety armour’ against the deadly Covid-19, PM Modi also urged people to get vaccinated.