There has been a tremendous turn in the ongoing dispute between the Center and the Bengal government over Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay. Alapan Bandyopadhyay has retired as the Chief Secretary. Alapan will now work as an advisor to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Harikrishna Dwivedi, a 1988 batch IAS officer, will take over as Chief Secretary after Alapan Bandyopadhyay retires. Dwivedi is currently working as the secretary of the state home department. Alapan will serve as Mamta Banerjee’s chief advisor from Tuesday.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the appointment of Alapan Bandyopadhyay as the Chief Advisor. Mamta said that at the time of this terrible corona epidemic, we want to take their services. Everyone knows how he worked during the Corona period and today we are all safe because of him. Therefore, he will continue his service to the countrymen and the people of Bengal.
Let us tell you that Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay was ordered by the Center to report in Delhi by 10 am on May 31. But the state government has not relieved them yet. Mamta Banerjee also wrote a letter to PM Modi on the order to call Alapan to Delhi. Mamta Banerjee wrote a letter to PM Modi saying that it is not possible to relieve him in the present situation. He also requested that his transfer order be withdrawn.
In a letter written to PM Modi in Mamta, it was also said that the hope is that the order of the Chief Secretary to be transferred to Delhi and the meeting in Kalaikunda has nothing to do. He also said that this order of the Center is one-sided and violated the service rules of the officers. There was no talk before the state government about this. This is completely unprecedented and unconstitutional.
However, this is not the first time that Mamata Banerjee has stood in this way in favour of her officials. Earlier also in 2019, Mamata Banerjee had clashed with the central government when the then police commissioner of Kolkata Rajiv Kumar was questioned by the CBI. Mamta sat on a dharna against the central government. After which the CBI had to return.