The tussle between the West Bengal authorities beneath Mamata Banerjee and the Centre peaked on Thursday with the ruling Trinamool Congress daring the Modi authorities to impose President’s rule within the state.
The sharp response by the Trinamool Congress was in response of the Centre’s determination to ship three IPS officers presently statione in Bengal on deputation.
The three officers are Rajib Mishra (ADG, SouthBengal), Praveen Tripathi (DIG, Presidency Range) and Bholanath Pandey (SP, Diamond Harbour), have despatched on deputation to ITBP, Seema Suraksha Bal and Police Research Bureau respectively. The determination got here days after BJP chief JP Nadda’s convoy was attacked on its strategy to Diamond Harbour on December 10.
GoI’s order of central deputation for the three serving IPS officers of West Bengal regardless of the State’s objection is a colourable train of energy and blatant misuse of emergency provision of IPS Cadre Rule 1954. (1/3)
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 17, 2020
CM Mamata Banerjee, in a sequence of tweets, mentioned that the Centre’s order to ship the officers on deputation was ‘blatant misuse of energy’. “This move, particularly before the elections is against the basic tenets of the federal structure. It’s unconstitutional and completely unacceptable,” she mentioned.
TMC chief and state Rural Development Minister Subrata Mukherjee additionally jumped into battle calling the Centre’s determination as “unconstitutional
“We will not send them on deputation. At most, the Centre can impose Presidents Rule. We welcome that. If the Centre has the power to do that, let it go ahead,” Mukherjee mentioned addressing a press convention in Kolkata.
(With inputs from PTI)