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Bengal: Mamata refuses to release chief secretary despite Centre’s “unilateral” order


Even as the elections are over, the tussle between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the BJP-led Union government continues. Banerjee is now miffed with the Centre for issuing a unilateral order asking Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to report to the Union government.

Banerjee wrote a long letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashing out at the Centre, while clarifying that the Bengal government will not release the chief secretary at this critical hour. She said that she was “shocked and stunned” by the “unilateral order” passed by the Centre.

Notably, Bandyopadhyay was supposed to report to the Centre at Delhi at 10 am, but Banerjee has clarified that he will continue as the chief secretary and manage the state’s COVID-19 crisis.

In the letter, Banerjee said, “The government of Bengal cannot release, and is not releasing, its Chief Secretary at this critical hour, on the basis of our understanding that the earlier order of extension, issued after lawful consultation in accordance with applicable laws, remains operational and valid.”

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“I am sure you will not inflict further suffering on the people of this state by taking away the services of an experienced officer, suddenly without any consultation and with no prior notice, whose continued presence in my state in these difficult times was accepted to be vital and necessary by your government four days back,” the CM wrote in the letter.

Recall order

Notably, the Centre recalled the bureaucrat hours after the Bengal CM skipped a review meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in the state to ascertain the impact of cyclone Yaas. Banerjee made the PM and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar wait for 30 minutes for the review meeting. She entered the meeting after 30 minutes only to provide some documents related to the cyclone and left for other meetings.

The development resulted in a major embarrassment for the PM and the Centre.


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