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Mamata Vs Centre row over West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay: All you need to know

Incidentally, the West Bengal government had on May 25, issued an order, citing the Centre’s approval dated May 24 to extend Bandyopadhyay’s services as Chief Secretary for three months. Bandyopadhyay was due to retire on May 31.

May 31, 2021 / 03:32 PM IST
West Bengal government had on May 25, issued an order, citing the Centre’s approval to extend Bandyopadhyay’s services as Chief Secretary for three months.

West Bengal government had on May 25, issued an order, citing the Centre’s approval to extend Bandyopadhyay’s services as Chief Secretary for three months.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on May 31 wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that her government cannot release Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay who has been asked to report to the Centre in what she called a "unilateral order".

Bandyopadhyay, at the centre of fresh flashpoint between Mamata Banerjee and Centre, was to report to Delhi at 10 am but the CM said that he will stay and continue to manage her state's COVID-19 crisis.

"The government of Bengal cannot release, and is not releasing, its Chief Secretary at this critical hour, on the basis of our understanding that the earlier order of extension, issued after lawful consultation in accordance with applicable laws, remains operational and valid," the CM said in the letter.

The flashpoint