West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Modi, refuses to release chief secretary

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Published: May 31,2021 02:20 PM
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday that her government cannot release Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay at this “critical hour”.

May 31, 2021: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday that her government cannot release Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay at this “critical hour”, where the state is ravaged by Cyclone Yaas and COVID 19 pandemic.



The letter comes on the day Bandopadhyay was scheduled to join North Block at 10 am, the last day of his retirement. Bandopadhyay has recently received an extension for three months, following Mamata Banerjee’s request to the Centre.



Mamata Banerjee has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that she is "shocked and stunned" by the "unilateral order" which asked Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to report to the Centre.



She also mentioned in the letter that the “unilateral” decision was taken “without prior consultation to the state government” and “without any option of the officer”.



"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," the Chief Minister wrote in a five-page long letter.



The Centre’s order came in hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar were kept waiting for 30 minutes at Kalaikunda for the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary, who reached late to hand him the Cyclone Yaas related reports on Friday.



Mamata, in her letter, also clarified the Kalaikunda episode in details and urged the “PM to earnest federal co-operation in these grim times”.