West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay retires from service, to serve Mamata as her chief advisor

Mamata Banerjee also announced that state home secretary H K Dwivedi has been made the new state chief secretary while B P Gopalika has been made the new state home secretary.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that state Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay has refused to accept the three months of extension offered to him and retired from his post. He will now serve Banerjee as her chief advisor, she added.

Banerjee also announced that state home secretary H K Dwivedi has been made the new state chief secretary while B P Gopalika has been made the new state home secretary.

“Today, Alapan Bandyopadhyay has retired as the chief secretary. He has been made the chief adviser to the Chief Minister. He will start working in his new post from tomorrow for a tenure of three years. H.K. Dwivedi has been made the new state chief secretary,” Banerjee said during a news conference.

Bandyopadhyay had been in the midst of a tug-of-war between the Centre and the state ever since he was asked to serve the Union government in Delhi.

The Centre had on Monday sent a letter to Bandyopadhyay asking him again to report to North Block on Tuesday. The second letter from the Centre came hours after Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that she would not release Bandyopadhyay for the Centre’s deputation.

Banerjee had on Friday skipped a review meeting on Cyclone Yaas called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hours later, the Centre recalled Bandyopadhyay to Delhi to serve the Union government.

Earlier on May 24, the Centre had approved a proposal by the state to extend Bandyopadhyay’s tenure by three months till August 31. Prior to getting the extension, the Bengal chief secretary was scheduled to retire on May 31.

On Saturday, Banerjee had alleged that the Centre was pursuing “vendetta politics” and said Modi and Shah were trying to create problems for her government at every step.

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