Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has opened a new battlefield with the Center in the wake of the recall of the Chief Secretary. Mamata Banerjee has appointed Chief Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay to retire as his new Chief Adviser. The appointment is for three years. HK Dwivedi has been appointed as the new Chief Secretary following the retirement of Alapan.
Alapan Bandopadhyay, who was due to retire on Monday, has been given another three-and-a-half month extension of service due to the responsibilities handled by Kovid. But after this he was recalled by the Center. The Center had directed the Chief Secretary to reach Delhi on Tuesday. However, Mamata Banerjee retorted that the officer could not be given any other assignment without the permission of the state government. She said she had not received a reply to her letter on Monday on the issue.
Mamata Banerjee had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to cancel the recall of Bandopadhyay. Mamata Banerjee had said in a five-page letter that the chief secretary would not be released. The Center should reconsider the decision. This is a unilateral action. The decision taken without any discussion with the state is shocking. This is a move against the interest of the state and the people. Mamata reminded that the All India Service is for the protection of federal interests and for unity. In the letter, Mamata alleged that such decisions were destroying the federal system and that the decision was unconstitutional