Kolkata: Former Chief Secretary of West Bengal Alapan Bandopadhyay has give rise to fresh controversy. He is becoming increasingly involved in the dispute between the Center and the West Bengal government.
According to reports, Alapan was supposed to brief Prime Minister Narendra Modi and be present at the follow-up meeting. But when PM Modi reached the briefing, he was not present. He was then contacted by the Prime Minister’s team. After this, he came to the meeting room but left without attending the review meeting.
Although West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed on Wednesday morning that the Alapan Bandyopadhyay chapter is now closed, the reality seems to be totally different.
Mamata Banerjee said that her administration is standing with the former West Bengal chief secretary on the issue of dispute arising out of not joining the central government.
Alapan Bandopadhyay was due to retire on May 31, but the West Bengal government had recently sought and granted permission to extend his tenure by three months, as he played a key role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
But soon after a controversy erupted over the chief minister and the state chief secretary not attending a review meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after Cyclone Yaas, he was handed a transfer directive from the Centre.
Amidst the ongoing conflict between the Center and the state, Alapan took retirement instead of going to Delhi. Soon after, he was appointed Chief Advisor to the West Bengal Chief Minister. The Union Home Ministry has issued a show cause notice to Alapan Bandopadhyay under the stringent provision of the Disaster Management Act, which carries a provision of imprisonment of up to two years.