29th May, 2021
The situation has been heated up in Delhi when Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was not involved in the meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Kolkata on Friday to assess the damage caused to Bengal and Odisha by the cyclone 'Yas'. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, along with BJP leaders, strongly attacked Mamata, accusing her of politics even during the time of disaster.
Amit Shah said - Didi's conduct unfortunate
Shah said that Didi's conduct was unfortunate. The cyclone has affected many people and helping them is the need of the hour, but sadly they have kept the ego above public welfare. This is what their petty behavior shows.
Center summoned to Delhi Chief Secretary of Bengal
Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been summoned by the Center to Delhi. However, before this, Modi conducted an aerial survey of the storm affected areas of Bengal and Odisha. They also held a meeting in Odisha. Also announced a relief package for both states.
After arriving half an hour, Mamta met Modi separately, asked for a package of 20 thousand crores
After surveying the affected area in Odisha and meeting with other officials including Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Modi held a meeting at the Kalikunda Airforce Base in Kolkata. Neither Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee nor any state official reached the meeting held here. She arrived half an hour late with state Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and met the Prime Minister separately and submitted the report. During this, he definitely asked for a relief package of Rs 20 thousand crore from the PM. She then left from Digha citing an administrative meeting. After his move, the BJP became an attacker on him. However, Mamta did an aerial survey of the affected area with Modi.
..So, did not come to the meeting because of this
BJP leader and Leader of Opposition in the Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari are being told to invite Mamta for not attending the meeting. Sources reveal that a letter to the Prime Minister's Office was written on behalf of the Chief Minister's Office and asked why MLAs and MPs have been included in this meeting.
Governor raised questions
Meanwhile, Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar has questioned Mamata not attending the meeting. He said that such an attitude harms the interests of the state and democracy. The Chief Minister and his officials not attending the meeting is not in accordance with the constitutional rules. At the same time, Suvedu Adhikari said that this is not the time to do politics but to work together to provide relief to the people. Suvendu Adhikari and BJP MP from Bengal and Union Minister Devashree Chaudhary attended the meeting.
Alapan will have to reach Delhi on the morning of 31
On the other hand, Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been summoned by the Central Government to Delhi. According to the order issued by the central government, they will now be given new responsibilities at the center. They have to report before 10 am on May 31.
The central government requested the Bengal government to relieve the chief secretary soon
The central government has requested the Bengal government to relive them as soon as possible. Significantly, his term as Chief Secretary was over, but only on May 24, the Mamta government extended his tenure by three months. She is considered close to Mamta Banerjee. Alapan Bandyopadhyay is a 1987 batch IAS officer. He has also been the collector of several districts including Howrah. He was appointed chief secretary of the state after Rajiv Sinha retired in September last year.
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