- In the review meeting with PM Narendra Modi, CM Mamta Banerjee had arrived late by about 30 minutes. During this, Chief Secretary Alpan Bandyopadhyay was also with him and went back immediately. But Mamta Banerjee says that she went back with permission.
Central sources on Tuesday claimed that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has violated the protocol set by her by missing without permission from the review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the post-cyclone situation in the state.
At the same time, sources also said that Mamta is misleading even in the controversy arising out of Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay. Mamata Banerjee had left for Digha after a brief meeting with the Prime Minister after he landed in Kalaikunda last week and did not attend a review meeting on the damage caused by the cyclone in the state.
Mamta says that she had taken the permission of the Prime Minister before leaving, but sources in the central government say that PM Modi did not allow Banerjee to leave the meeting. Sources said it is clear that the statement of Mamata Banerjee being forced to wait is completely false. On the contrary, he made the PM wait.
Sources also claimed that the Chief Minister had given his consent to attend the meeting but changed his mind after learning about Leader of Opposition Shubhendu Adhikari’s participation. Mamta has also acknowledged this in her letter to PM Modi.
Sources also said that the Bengal CM had prevented other officials from attending the meeting and due to this the review meeting scheduled by the Prime Minister had to be canceled. Sources said that Mamata did this because she realized that she would have to wait till the meeting was over.
Sources said Mamata Banerjee boycotted the review meeting due to the presence of the Leader of Opposition. It was not made an issue by the central government, as it was a matter of cyclone relief activity. He was advised that the PM would meet him immediately after the meeting, as it was for this that he had come on a tour of the state.
Sources termed Mamata’s protest against Chief Secretary Bandyopadhyay as unconstitutional and irresistible. He said that as the Chief Secretary was an All India Service officer, his transfer order was completely constitutional.
He said, the Chief Secretary, choosing to neglect his constitutional duties, did not make any presentation before the PM nor did any official of the Government of West Bengal attend his review meeting.
Sources also emphasized that no All India Service officer is expected to be a part of politics and Mamata knew all this, so Bandyopadhyay’s retirement was her last attempt to save her.
Sources said the retirement of the Chief Secretary shows that Mamata Banerjee is on the back foot. She is aware that the facts, in this case, are against the Chief Secretary and her behavior being an All India Service officer is likely to result in severe disciplinary action. It was the responsibility of Bandyopadhyay to ensure that the meeting was held according to the schedule.
That is why Mamata Banerjee retired Bandyopadhyay by taking a U-turn within hours of taking approval from the PM to extend his tenure by three months, sources said.
Home Ministry sent notice to Bandyopadhyay, sought a reply in three days
A new twist has come in the ongoing dispute between the Center and the state government over Alapan Bandyopadhyay, the Chief Secretary of West Bengal. Bandyopadhyay has been handed a show-cause notice under Section 51-B of the Disaster Management Act, to which he has to reply within three days.
A Union Home Ministry official confirmed this on Tuesday and said that the notice was handed over to Bandyopadhyay just hours before his retirement on Monday, that is, he has to respond to his refusal to comply with the central government’s order. Will happen.
According to the official, the refusal to comply with the order of the Central Government is a violation of Section 51-B of the Disaster Management Act.