The ongoing confrontation between the Center and the Bengal government took a new turn on Monday. Bengal’s chief secretary Alapan Bandhopadhyay was called to Delhi by the Center on Monday morning, but he did not arrive. After this, the central government sent a show-cause notice to Alapan at around 5.15 pm. A few minutes after this action of the Center, Mamata Banerjee retired Alapan as the Chief Secretary and made him the Chief Advisor.
Mamata Banerjee appoints BP Gopalika as new Chief Secretary
Mamata Banerjee said that HK Dwivedi has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary and BP Gopalika has been appointed as the new Home Secretary. Mamata said that Alapan is retiring on May 31 and that he is not going to join Delhi. He has been made Chief Advisor for 3 years. After this decision of Mamata, the Center also stuck to action. At six o’clock the Center said – even though Alapan is retiring, but we will take charge by sending him a charge sheet.
Despite the Centre’s call, Alapan stayed in Nabanna Bhavan
They reached Howrah’s Nabanna building. Here he was to attend a video conferencing related to Covid Relief. Alapan did not leave for Delhi even after the video conferencing at around 10.30 am. By the evening, the action of the center also became clear. On the other hand, Mamata also took a masterstroke.
Bandhopadhyay arrived late in Modi’s meeting in Bengal
Alapan Bandhopadhyay arrived late for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting called on Friday to review the cyclone Yaas. After this, orders were issued to call him to Delhi in the evening. Retired senior bureaucrats and legal experts believe that the Central Government may have ordered the Chief Secretary to report to Delhi, but this may be difficult to implement. Relieving him comes under the purview of the state government. In such a situation, Mamata may refuse to send him to Delhi. And Mamata also has already made the masterstroke.
Center issued an order to call Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Bengal on 28 May. They arrived to review the damage caused to the state by the cyclone Yaas. At this meeting, Chief Secretary Alapan Bandhopadhyay along with CM Mamata Banerjee arrived late. While Mamata and Bandhopadhyay were present in the same building in which Modi’s meeting was going on. It was only after he arrived late that the Center issued an order to call him to Delhi.