She had quipped that the BJP was sending “Nadda, Chadha and gaddha (hole)” to Bengal following the attack on BJP president’s convoy in the Diamond Harbour area of Kolkata. Little did West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee realise this episode would not end like the CBI team getting detained in her police’s custody a few years ago. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), after asking the state to relieve the officers and meeting with the objection of the state government, has pulled out the top cops from their deputation in West Bengal, not giving two hoots to the state’s refusal to comply with its communiqué.
Exactly a week after the attack on BJP president JP Nadda’s convoy allegedly by goons of the TMC, the central government had asked the West Bengal government led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 17 December to immediately relieve three IPS officers for joining central deputation. The MHA Home Ministry directed Bholanath Pandey (SP, Diamond Harbour), Rajeev Mishra (ADG, South Bengal) and Praveen Tripathi (DIG, Presidency Range) to join in the central deputation, in what is being seen as a punishment for their alleged dereliction of duties following the attack on the convoy of Nadda on 10 December.
As per their new roles, Pandey has been appointed as SP in the Bureau of Police Research and Development, Tripathi deputed as DIG in the Sashastra Seema Bal and Rajeev Mishra as IG in the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
Meanwhile, reacting to the Centre’s order, Banerjee lambasted the Modi government and accused it of interfering in state’s jurisdiction. Launching a the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo vociferous attack on the Centre, Banerjee accused the central government “to control the state machinery by proxy”!
She said the union home ministry’s order is unconstitutional and completely unacceptable.
“GoI’s order of central deputation for the 3 serving IPS officers of West Bengal despite the State’s objection is a colourable exercise of power and blatant misuse of emergency provision of IPS Cadre Rule 1954,” Banerjee tweeted.
“This act is nothing but a deliberate attempt to encroach upon State’s jurisdiction & demoralize the serving officers in WB. This move, particularly before the elections is against the basic tenets of the federal structure. It’s unconstitutional & completely unacceptable!”
“We wouldn’t allow this brazen attempt by the Centre to control the State machinery by proxy! West Bengal is not going to cow-down in front of expansionist & undemocratic forces,” her another tweet read.
Earlier, the union home ministry had summoned of West Bengal chief secretary and DGP to Delhi to discuss alleged lapses in BJP president’s security while he was on way to Diamond Harbour to address a meeting of party workers on 10 December.
The MHA wrote a fresh letter to the state government, stating that the latter has failed to adhere to the rules and according to section 6 (1) of the IPS Cadre Rule, in case there is any disagreement between the Centre and the state, the former’s decision shall prevail.
A senior officer said that the three will have to report at their respective postings immediately or they may face further action.
The TMC regime and the BJP are at loggerheads after convoys of Nadda, party national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh were allegedly attacked by Trinamool supporters on 10 December.