Rescind order to recall Bengal chief secretary immediately

Why is the Centre acting like a crybaby demanding back a toy it had just gifted due to a perceived slight?

Published: 31st May 2021 12:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th May 2021 11:29 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (R). (File photo| PTI)

What is it with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that she throws a fit one day claiming she was not allowed to talk to power at the Centre, but when an opportunity arises a week later she ignores a scheduled meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at her own turf? And why is the Centre acting like a crybaby demanding back a toy it had just gifted due to a perceived slight? How cruel is it to recall a chief secretary to Delhi just four days after he was given extension in service because of his expertise in managing the pandemic. Fingers would surely be pointed at the Modi government for the recall if Bengal’s Covid count does not go down rapidly in tandem with other states. This tit-for-tat is against the federal spirit and could add to the list of mis-steps by the Centre, as it blundered its way in managing the second wave of the pandemic.

As for Mamata, staying away from the meeting convened by Modi after his aerial assessment of the havoc wrought on Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand by Cyclone Yaas was no less shocking. Her anger was tied to the presence of loyalist-turned-foe Suvendu Adhikari, who defeated her in Nandigram and is now the leader of opposition in the Assembly. Whether she likes it or not, Suvendu’s is a constitutionally elected position. She needs to learn to do business with him. Her argument that Odisha’s leader of the opposition was not present at a similar meeting Modi had with her counterpart Naveen Patnaik was specious because he was invited but could not make it. Her no-show not only militates against basic decency and the federal spirit, the state also lost an opportunity to make its pitch for Central support. Claiming a day later that she is ready to fall at the feet of the prime minister if he does justice to Bengal is merely playing to the gallery. In contrast, Naveen showed how to gracefully treat his guest, telling Modi he wasn’t seeking emergency aid since the Centre’s finances were already strained.

This clash of elephantine egos will do no good. The Centre ought to rescind its order to recall the Bengal chief secretary forthwith


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  • Prapur

    All officers working through center must follow protocol and rules is services. CM can ignore PM or snub but officers are not like politician and bound by rule. If he=she skips scheduled meet with PM than can’t do so on behest of CM guidance. IAS officer is not a toy and given as gift but posted on state request or term extended. If they forget the rule of employment than can be transferred as Indian babus can’t be fired, a stupid rules of job security. No action can be taken by employer even if person want follow rules.
    1 year ago reply
  • pappu

    Didi O Didi
    1 year ago reply
  • Pradip

    This is just a controlling Central government. There is a need for a Second Front and Marmara needs to be part of the opposition.
    1 year ago reply
  • tmranganathan

    this vitriolic lady surely deserves to be ousted.All IAS postings rest in PM's hands. shut up lady.
    1 year ago reply
    • anonymous

      ...and you are? Additional secretary to the joint secretary to give this advice :D
      1 year ago reply
      • welt

        Its certain you aren't.....
        1 year ago reply
      • Pranav

        She will do anything to win even demand freedom for bengal..
        1 year ago reply
      • Janvi

        And you are no name no one..nothing useful to write about.
        1 year ago reply
      • Akshay Kumar

        Your community give free advices to PM all day, around the year. Are they also additional secretaries too?
        1 year ago reply
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