After Mamata’s snub to Modi, Centre recalls WB Chief Secretary

Alapan Bandyopadhyay

New Delhi: The Union government has issued an order to recall West Bengal Chief Secretary after a row broke out over a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay’s tenure was extended for three months only four days ago, before Friday’s order to recall him to the Centre came.

The development comes hours after Mamata Banerjee skipped a meeting with PM Modi to assess the impact of Cyclone Yaas, choosing instead a quick 15-minute interaction with him at an airbase where his flight landed.

She was to attend a cyclone damage review with Modi but left after handing him a report. The Centre alleged Banerjee kept the PM and the Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar waiting for half-an-hour.


NT Bureau