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Recall to centre falls flat: West Bengal Chief Secy retires, appointed as CM’s chief adviser


New Delhi, May 31 (ILNS): Adding another chapter to the showdown between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state’s chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay today retired from the Indian Administrative Service, right on the day of his natural retirement.
Bandopadhyay was immediately appointed chief adviser to the chief minister.
The issue as of the Centre calling back the senior IAS officer, immediately after okaying a three-month extension for Bandopadhyay, who has been overseeing critical Yaas Cyclone relief in the state, apart from the Covid action plan.
This was seen as a tit-for-tat for the CM not attending a relief related meeting with the PM, with the presence of state Governor Jagdeep Dhankar and even with the presence of Leader of Opposition Subhendu Adhikari, a former Mamata aide who had defected to the BJP. Bandopadhyay, a confidante of the CM, also did not attend the meeting.
Mamata met the PM off the meeting for a few minutes and left after giving the PM a statement of requirements of state as far as relief was concerned.
The recall was a knee-jerk reaction but had several legal loopholes that would have had to be overcome by the Appointments Committee, headed by the CM. ILNS


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