Mamta’s masterstroke over confrontation with Center, Alapan Bandopadhyay appointed as its Chief Advisor

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. A few minutes after this action of the Center, Mamata Banerjee retired Alapan as the Chief Secretary and made him the Chief Advisor. HK Dwivedi has been appointed the new Chief Secretary of the state.

Mamta refused to say anything on the matter. When Alapan’s tenure as chief secretary was extended by 3 months, he said in a challenging manner that he will reply when the time comes. About half an hour later, he decided to make Alapan the chief advisor for 3 years. Mamta said- Alapan is retiring on May 31 and he is not going to join Delhi.

They reached Howrah’s Nabanna building. Here he was to attend a video conferencing involving Kovid 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 and on that Mamta also took a master stroke.

Alapan Bandyopadhyay arrived late for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting called on Friday to review the cyclone Yas. 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 them comes under the purview of the state government. In such a situation, Mamata may refuse to send him to Delhi. Mamta had said a few days ago to extend the term of Bandyopadhyay to three months.

Alapan Bandyopadhyay arrived late for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting called on Friday to review the cyclone Yas. 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 them comes under the purview of the state government. In such a situation, Mamata may refuse to send him to Delhi. Mamta had said a few days ago to extend the term of Bandyopadhyay to three months.

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