- The tussle between Mamta Banerjee and the Center does not seem to stop over the review meeting of PM Modi.
- After the reply from former secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay, now the center is in the mood for further action.
- According to sources, a decision will be taken soon on what action will be taken against Alapan Bandopadhyay.
The tussle between Mamata Banerjee and the Center over the review meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Cyclone Yas does not seem to be stopping. After the reply from former secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay, the Center is
High sources in the government told news agency ANI, “Alapan Bandyopadhyay’s reply has been received late (Thursday) late night and it is being examined. The next course of action will be decided soon. It is clear that the Center is not in a mood to be lenient in the matter of the former secretary. Alapan Bandopadhyay, the newly appointed Chief Adviser to the West Bengal Chief Minister, was sent a show cause notice by the Center under the Disaster Management Act 2005.
Bandopadhyay was asked to be sent to Delhi
After attending the review meeting late, the former Chief Secretary was requested to be relieved and sent to Delhi. He was asked to report there on May 31. However, Mamata Banerjee refused to relieve Bandopadhyay citing difficult circumstances. After this, a notice was issued to Bandopadhyay on the morning of May 31 itself.
The notice was issued to Bandopadhyay under the Disaster Management Act over his absence from the cyclone review meeting with PM Modi on May 28. Alapan Bandopadhyay replied to this notice on Thursday. In his reply, the former secretary wrote that on the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, he did not attend that meeting to review Digha affected by Cyclone Yas. He told the Center that he and CM Mamta got up from the meeting only after taking PM Modi’s permission.
Central government issued notice on 31 May
The Union Home Ministry had on May 31 served a show-cause notice to Bandopadhyay under section 51(b) of the Disaster Management Act. This provision talks of a jail term of up to one year. The notice was issued amid a tussle between the Center and the Mamata Banerjee government.
Bandopadhyay was supposed to retire as chief secretary on May 31, but the state recently sought permission to extend his tenure by three months due to his crucial role during the Covid pandemic and it was granted.