Modi-Mamata war intensifies

New Delhi: The Central Government has recalled the Chief Secretary of Bengal. The Centre’s swift action follows Friday’s clashes between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Four days ago, the government had extended the term of Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay for three months.

The Central government has directed the Bengal government to report Alapan Bandyopadhyay to the Union Ministry of Personnel on Monday. By law, the Chief Secretary can report to the Center only if he is relieved of his duties by the State Government. The move is seen as a sign that the war between the Center and Bengal is intensifying.

The Union Government had earlier expressed displeasure over Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s absence from the meeting in Bengal chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assess the ravages of Cyclone Yas. After conducting aerial surveillance of the affected areas, Mamata was only communicating with Modi for 15 minutes at the airbase where the Prime Minister’s plane landed. No representatives of the Bengal government, including the Chief Secretary, were present at Modi’s meeting.

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