Kolkata: Former West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and present Chief Secretary HK Diwedi on Thursday have replied to the show-cause letter of the BJP-led Central government.
According to sources, Alapan in his reply has written that since he has to work under the Chief Minister and due to the pre-schedule of visiting the cyclone-affected places he could not attend the meeting.
“Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and he were scheduled to visit other cyclone affected places for which he had to leave and also the duration of his presence in the meeting was not enough to discuss anything ,” mentioned the sources.
Notably, Mamata Banerjee and Alapan Bandyopadhyay visited the Prime Minister and soon after submitting the primary report on the destruction due to Cyclone Yaas have left the venue.
It can be recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting of Cyclone Yaas on May 28 at Kalaikunda after holding the same meeting with Odisha’s Chief Minister Naveen Pattanaik.
According to West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, the TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee after accepting to sit for the review meeting later declined it as BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari was supposed to be present at the meeting.
Mamata Banerjee later also slammed the Prime Minister and called the review meeting as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s meeting as leader of the Opposition of West Bengal Assembly Suvendu Adhikari was present there.
Following the incident, despite giving three months extension to Alapan on May 24, the BJP-led Central government on May 28 had asked Alapan to report to Delhi by May 31.
After Alapan’s retirement of May 31, the Central government had show-caused him for not maintaining the protocol of the PM’s meeting on May 28 and also sought a reply within 72 hours failing which the Central government said a FIR will be lodged against the former West Bengal Chief Secretary.