Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, stating she was “shocked and surprised” by the “unilateral decision” from the Centre and that she would not be removing Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay.
“I must confess that I have been shocked and stunned by the unilateral order dated 28th May, 2021, sent to us by the Government of India, asking us to release Alapan Bandyopadhyay, IAS, Chief Secretary, West Bengal, so that he may join the Government of India on 31st May, 2021, the normal date of his superannuation. The unilateral ‘order’ comes without any prior consultation whatsoever with the government of West Bengal, without any volition/option of the officer, without meeting any of the pre-conditions of the Indian Administrative Service (Cadre) Rules, 1954, and other applicable laws under reference. The unilateral order/directive is legally untenable, historically unprecedented and wholly unconstitutional,” Banerjee wrote in the letter.
Mamata Banerjee skipped a Cyclone Yaas review meeting with PM Modi, opting to meet him shortly after his helicopter landed at the Kalaikunda air base in Bengal before going for another appointment.
On May 24, the Centre approved a state motion to extend his term by three months, till August 31.
On Saturday, Banerjee accused the Centre of engaging in “vendetta politics,” alleging that Prime Minister Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah were attempting to sabotage her government at every turn. The chief minister also wondered if the order had anything to do with her absence from the Kalaikunda review meeting.