What Has Happened So Far?
The Government of India on Friday, 28 May, had asked the West Bengal government to relieve Bandyopadhyay for further posting at the Centre.
This came on the day when a fresh row had erupted between the BJP and CM Banerjee over PM Modi’s meeting on Cyclone ‘Yaas’.
Bandyopadhyay was due to retire on 31 May 2020 but had received a three-month extension from the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) on a request from the state government, which had asserted his key role in the management of the COVID situation in the state.
The same day, Banerjee had written to PM Modi, saying that the state government “cannot release, and is not releasing its chief secretary at this critical hour.”
Hours later, CM Banerjee announced that Bandyopadhyay retired as chief secretary, adding that he had been appointed as her chief advisor with immediate effect.
(With inputs from PTI.)
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