BENGAL FIGHT … Another fight unfolds between Mamata and Modi governments over Nadda security lapse


NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: A new tug of war between the Centre and the West Bengal government is on after a convoy of BJP president JP Nadda was attacked by Trinamool Congress activists on Nadda’s way to the seaside Diamond Harbour town on December 10.

The Centre, taking umbrage at the attack in which vehicles carrying some senior party leaders accompanying Nadda were damaged, first summoned the state chief secretary and the state DGP of police on Friday to Delhi to take them to seek an explanation for the happenings. The Mamata Banerjee-led state government stalled the move. It said chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay and DGP Virendra will not heed the summons.

In a follow-up, on Saturday, the Union Home Ministry recalled three IPS officers to new assignments in Delhi from Kolkata. Chief Minister Banerjee again took objection.  

However, it has been stated that the Union Government is well within its right to recall services of IAS-IPS officials to Delhi, or take them out of any state cadre for central government jobs. 

Three IPS officials were Bholanath Pandey (SP, Diamond Harbour), Rajeev Mishra (ADG, South Bengal) and Praveen Tripathi (DIG, Presidency Range). The order said they would now be put on central deputation. 

States Rule 6(1) of the IPS cadre rules, 1954: “A cadre officer with the concurrence of the state government or the state governments concerned and the central government, be deputed for service under the central government or another state government or under a company or association or body of individuals whether incorporated or not… Provided that in case of any disagreement the matter shall be decided by the central government and the state government concerned shall give effect to the decision of the central government.”


Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a politician in aggressive mood, has been having frequent confrontations with the central government, even at the cost of the state’s interests being compromised in the absence of good Centre-state ties. 

In fact, Kolkata CP Rajiv Kumar had, last year, been brought on central deputation to Delhi from Kolkata after he violated civil service rules and sat on dharna with the chief minister in his uniform. Following this, in May 2019, the Election Commission had ordered Rajiv Kumar to report for duty with the Ministry of Home Affairs in Delhi. IHN-NN


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