Mamata Banerjee has given “fully false statements” and “boycotted” a gathering with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday after agreeing to attend it, the centre mentioned in the present day in its second rebuttal to the Bengal Chief Minister’s allegations.
In a nine-point rejoinder, authorities sources tore into Mamata Banerjee’s account of the Friday incident.
Mamata Banerjee and her workforce had skipped the assembly with PM Modi to assessment the affect of Cyclone Yaas in Bengal and left after a short interplay with the Prime Minister, organising a mega conflict.
PM Modi by no means gave permission to Mamata Banerjee to go away the assessment assembly as she claims, authorities sources mentioned.
To her declare about being knowledgeable belatedly concerning the Prime Minister’s schedule, the sources mentioned a gathering to evaluate cyclone harm couldn’t be finalised “earlier than the cyclone comes”.
Ms Banerjee has repeatedly alleged that she waited to fulfill the PM. Authorities sources countered that with time particulars.
“PM landed at Kalaikunda at 1.59 pm. Mamata Banerjee landed at Kalaikunda after the PM at 2.10 pm. It’s clear that PM was stored ready for Mamata Banerjee as he landed a lot earlier than her. This was additionally confirmed by a TMC MP who tweeted that there was no massive deal in PM being stored ready,” mentioned authorities sources.
After her chopper landed, she reached the constructing the place the assembly was to happen, round 500 metres away. “After assembly the PM, she departed for her subsequent journey at 2.35 pm. So in impact, she travelled 500 metres backward and forward, met PM and departed in 25 minutes. She left earlier than the PM left, which is clearly opposite to accepted practices and protocol. It’s clear that Mamata Banerjee’s assertion of being made to attend is fully false and that she made the PM wait,” authorities sources mentioned.
The sources additionally mentioned Mamata Banerjee had agreed to attend the PM’s assessment however had modified her thoughts after studying that her former aide-turned- BJP MLA Suvendu Adhikari, who’s the state’s Chief of Opposition, can be within the assembly.
“Mamata Banerjee selected to boycott the assessment assembly as a result of the LOP of WB was current. No problem was created by authorities on this, as a result of what mattered was Cyclone reduction actions. It was recommended to her that PM will meet her instantly after the assessment assembly as that was the rationale for which he traveled to West Bengal. Sensing that she could have to attend until the assessment assembly will get over, she selected to forestall different officers too from attending the assembly and in impact cancelled the assessment assembly scheduled by the Prime Minister,” the sources mentioned.
On Ms Banerjee saying she needed to anticipate 20 minutes and her chopper needed to hover as a result of the PM’s chopper was to land, the sources mentioned she ought to have come upfront, “as everybody does when PM is meant to land at any airport”.
The Centre additionally defends its strikes in opposition to Alapan Bandyopadhyay, then Chief Secretary of Bengal, who was ordered to report back to Delhi after the assembly controversy.
“The order is completely constitutional since Chief Secretary is an All India Companies officer. He selected to disregard his constitutional duties, on account of which no presentation was given to PM and no officer of the West Bengal authorities attended the PM’s assessment assembly,” sources mentioned.
Mr Bandyopadhyay, as a substitute of going to Delhi, retired yesterday and was instantly appointed Chief Adviser to the Chief Minister.
Authorities sources mentioned his retirement confirmed that Mamata Banerjee was on the backfoot. “She is aware of that info of the matter are in opposition to the Chief Secretary and his behaviour was such that it’ll invite strict disciplinary motion…All India officers are usually not anticipated to be a part of politics. Mamata is aware of all this and his retirement is a final bid to avoid wasting him,” they mentioned.
Ms Banerjee’s objection to Suvendu Adhikari’s presence was additionally dismissed by the Centre, which mentioned, “There have been quite a few conferences up to now in non-BJP dominated states the place representatives of different events have been current”.