Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led authorities on the Centre of waging political vendetta, the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal on Saturday hit out at a transfer by the Union ministry of residence affairs (MHA) to name three Indian Police Service (IPS) officers back on central deputation.
The allegation is a part of a brand new verbal battle between the Centre and the state authorities sparked by an assault on BJP president JP Nadda’s convoy by stone-throwing TMC activists when he was on a go to on Thursday to Diamond Harbour, the Lok Sabha constituency of chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
“The Centre is indirectly trying to impose emergency and is keeping IAS Indian Administrative Service and IPS officers under coercion. The three IPS officers were on duty that day, and yesterday (December 11) they received letters from the MHA. The vindictive attitude is clear,” mentioned Kalyan Banerjee, senior advocate and chief whip of the TMC within the Lok Sabha.
The residence ministry on Saturday referred to as the three IPS officers answerable for Nadda’s safety back on central deputation from West Bengal.
“The convoy of a person enjoying Z-category security has a pilot car and a tail car. If any other vehicle wants to enter that convoy, the local police needs to be informed and permission needs to be taken. Here no permission was taken,” mentioned Kalyan Banerjee.
Leaders of the BJP’s Bengal unit hit back at Kalyan Banerjee. “Who is Banerjee? Is he someone from the state government? No. Is he someone from the Centre? No. He is a MP of the state’s ruling party. What is he trying to prove? Is it so that the chief minister has no answer and that why she is asking her MP, who is not related to the matter, to respond,” BJP chief Jay Prakash Majumdar mentioned.
The Centre had on Friday requested chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay and director common of police Virendra to look earlier than it on December 14. This drew a powerful response from the TMC, which argued that regulation and order was a state topic and out of doors the Centre’s remit.
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The TMC MP has despatched a letter to Union residence secretary Ajay Bhalla protesting the MHA’s letter, which requested the state chief secretary to launch three IPS officers for central deputation.
He alleged that it was an occasion of political vendetta, saying that the Union residence secretary wished to fulfill the state’s chief secretary and director common of police on the directions of Union residence minister Amit Shah.
“It is shameful and dangerous that all laws have been thrown out in the river by your action at the instance of Amit Shah, BJP leader and home minister of India. Your every path suffers from mala fide exercise of power,” Kalyan Banerjee wrote within the letter despatched to Ajay Bhalla, the Union residence secretary.