Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has been recalled by the Centre with immediate effect and has been asked to report to the Department of Personnel and Training in the North Block, New Delhi by 10.00 AM on 31 May.
The Mamata Banerjee led state government as a result has been asked to relieve Bandyopadhyay with immediate effect.
This decision comes after Mamata Banerjee and Bandyopadhyay kept Prime Minister Narendra Modi waiting for almost 30 minutes during a Cyclone Yaas review meeting at the Kalaikunda airbase.
After making the Prime Minister wait, Mamata entered the room with Bandyopadhyay, submitted a report and then left along with the Chief Secretary stating that they have another meeting in Digha.
"You wanted to meet me that is why I have come today. Me and my Chief Secretary want to submit this report to you. Now we have a meeting at Digha so we seek your permission to leave", Mamata has been quoted as saying.
ANI reported that the West Bengal CM upon entering the review meet has handed over papers related to the cyclone impact and left the meeting hall.
“These empty chairs were reserved for Mamata Banerjee , her home secretary and chief secretary but she did not let anyone attend the meeting. The presentation was loaded on the screen but no one presented it before the PM,” Senior editor of Times Now Megha Prasad said in a tweet.
Bandyopadhyay a 1987-batch IAS officer was set to retire at the end of this month with Mamata writing to PM Modi to grant him a six month extension. She then purportedly proceeded to unilaterally announce a three month extension for him.