Colachel: Continuing his pro-people deportment unmindful of criticism by some Opposition leaders, Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Thursday made a spot study of the areas ravaged by Cyclone Ockhi in Kanyakumari district, discussed rescue/relief measures with the officials and consoled several families grieving the loss of their men at sea. He did not strain on his beginner’s Tamil to pay keen and concerned attention to the anguished complaining of the fishermen, holding a wailing woman;s hand in one mourning home and placing his hand on a sobbing shoulder at another place.
Changing his day’s agenda in his two-day trip to Ockhi-hit areas in Nellai and Kanyakumari districts, Governor Purohit headed first for the fishermen's houses at Colachel, despite the police warning of possible disruption of public order due to the road march by angry fishermen. And when he entered the fishermen areas, they complained that both the Centre and the State government had failed them in providing timely rescue and relief. They wanted him to help.
Needless to say that the proactive Governor is ruffling the Opposition feathers. DMK's working president M. K. Stalin has threatened to unleash his cadres against the Governor — in ‘silent protests’ — if he continued to undertake such review trips that threatened state autonomy.