West Bengal Chief Secretary Quits; Mamata Banerjee Appoints Him as Chief Advisor Amid Tussle With Centre

File photo of Chief Secretary of Bengal Alapan Bandyopadhyay.

Bandyopadhyay, who was serving as the Chief Secretary of the state, will take on the new role from June 1 for a period of three years.

In a sudden turn of events, West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay quit on Monday afternoon only to be appointed as the Chief Advisor of chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

As per the new order, Bandyopadhyay will take on the new role from June 1 for a period of three years. HK Dwivedi was appointed as the new West Bengal Chief Secretary.

Announcing the decision, Banerjee said, “I thank CS Alapan for his services. His work for WB has been par excellence…given his track record we are appointing him as the Chief Advisor to the CM for a period of 3 years.”

Earlier, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, Banerjee said she was “shocked and stunned” by the “unilateral order” asking Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to report to the Centre, and made it clear that the state government “is not releasing” him.

“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,” Banerjee wrote.

The Trinamool Congress on Monday said that the Centre’s order to recall Alapan Bandopadhyay will affect the fight against the raging COVID-19 pandemic and relief work after the devastation wreaked by cyclone Yaas in the state.

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