Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today visit the Lakshwadeep islands, Tamil Nadu and Kerala to oversee the damage done by Cyclone Ockhi. He flew in from Lakshadweep after chairing a high-level meeting to discuss impact of Cyclone Ockhi at Kavaratti.
The chief minister's office explained that quoting BJP circles, certain media groups had reported that move was there to avoid Modi's visit but this was not true.
During his visit to the southern states, Modi will visit coastal Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram where he will meet officials and public representatives as well as the cyclone victims, including the fishermen, and farmers' delegations. However, the revised itinerary showed that the PM would directly come to Kerala from Lakshadweep.
He added that the Centre is trying every possible measure to monitor the situation and ensure rescue operations.
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On his arrival yesterday, a large number of his supporters gathered at the airport and were seen shouting "Modi, Modi". He will also meet with officials and public representatives.
The Congress party leadership had blamed PM Modi for not arriving to be with the grieving.
The message said that Modi may visit Kerala on December 18 and 19. According to government estimates, 70 people have so far lost their lives in Kerala in the cyclone and around 105 are still missing.