Mamata Banerjee skipped a meeting called by PM Modi  |  Photo Credit: IANS
New Delhi: Shortly after slamming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for skipping PM Narendra Modi-chaired meet on Cyclone Yaas, the Centre asked the West Bengal government to relieve Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay for further posting at the Centre.
“I am directed to inform that the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet has approved the placement of the services of Shri Alapan Bandopadhyay… with the Government of India,” the DoPT letter said.
The PM-CM meeting row
The West Bengal CM triggered a massive political row on Friday when she reportedly arrived late by 30 minutes for a meeting chaired by PM Modi. She submitted a report to the PM and sought financial assistance of Rs 20,000 crore from the Centre and skipped the detailed meeting that followed.
Fuming BJP leaders took to Twitter and slammed Banerjee for her ‘conduct’. “Mamata Didi’s conduct today is an unfortunate low. Cyclone Yaas has affected several common citizens and the need of the hour is to assist those affected. Sadly, Didi has put arrogance above public welfare and today’s petty behaviour reflects that,” said Home Minister Amit Shah.
BJP chief JP Nadda also slammed Banerjee and said that her act was a ‘murder of Constitutional ethos’. “Mamata ji should also set aside her ego for the welfare of people. Her absence from the PM’s meeting is a murder of constitutional ethos & the culture of cooperative federalism,” Nadda said.
PM Narendra Modi visited cyclone Yaas-affected areas of West Bengal and Odisha and held a meeting with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik. He also announced a financial package of Rs 1000 crore for cyclone-affected areas.