New Delhi: The central government has recalled Chief Secretary (CS) of West Bengal, Alapan Bandopadhyay and ordered him to report to the Department of Personnel & Training in the capital’s North Block by May 31.
The tenure of Alapan, who was scheduled to retire on May 31, was granted extension by three months recently on Bengal government’s request.
No reason has been furnished for this sudden decision, but if political analysts are to be believed, it is may be linked to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s decision to not attend Friday’s Cyclone Yaas review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Trinamool Congress, meanwhile, reacted sharply to the sudden transfer. “The Centre and the BJP are on the path of revenge. We strongly oppose it. In the Corona and Yas situation, the transfer order is not just to harm the West Bengal government, but to harm the people of West Bengal,” TMC spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said on Friday night.
Parliamentarian Saugata Roy also came down heavily on the central government. “They (BJP and the central government) are doing dirty politics after losing the election, ” Roy said.
According to sources, the state government may clash with the Center over the transfer order of the Chief Secretary.