West Bengal chief secretary recall: CPM & Congress lash out at Centre | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: Congress on Saturday termed the Centre’s action to recall Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay as a “lethal blow” to federalism and said the decision has “shocked the conscience of the entire nation”. CPM questioned the timing of the move.
In a statement, Congress general secretary and spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala asked the central government to disclose the reason for the U-turn in recalling the chief secretary. “The abrupt, malicious and unilateral recall of West Bengal’s chief secretary by the Modi government has shocked the conscience of the entire nation. This is a double whammy, when viewed in light of the fact that he was granted an extension for three months by the Modi government itself, as recently as four days ago,” he said.
“This is a lethal blow to the Constitution of India as also federalism. If the Union government is permitted to recall All India Service Officers ie IAS and IPS from the states for bipartisan political considerations and at its whims and fancies, the entire architecture of the rule of law and the Constitution will crumble,” Surjewala said.
This would lead to “complete and total anarchy” in the country, he argued.
Senior lawyer and CPM Rajya Sabha MP Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya questioned the timing of the move. “It is foolish to recall the officer whose extension had been granted a few days back. Alapan Bandyopadhyay is completing his service career on Monday, so there is no point in asking him to report to Delhi on Monday,” he said.
Congress leader and senior advocate Arunabha Ghosh said: “What is happening with Alapan Bandyopadhyay is very unfortunate and shows the vindictive nature of BJP. The CM is the reporting officer of the chief secretary. So, if he is asked by the CM to accompany her while she meets the PM, Bandyopadhyay is duty-bound to follow the CM’s directives.”

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