The Union Home Ministry has once again summoned the Chief Secretary and the DGP of West Bengal on an urgent basis. According to sources, the meeting has been scheduled for 5.30 pm today (December 18).
The Union Home Ministry has once again summoned the Chief Secretary and the DGP of West Bengal on an urgent basis. A meeting has been convened by the Union Home Secretary at 5.30 pm today (December 18) to discuss the law and order situation in West Bengal and its deterioration.
Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla sent a letter in this regard to West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay and DGP Virendra on Thursday (December 17) evening.
The summons has come after an attack on the BJP president JP Nadda’s convoy in West Bengal earlier this month.
The Center has also asked Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar to report on the attack. After receiving the governor's report, the Union Home Ministry summoned the state DG and chief secretary on December 14 to question the law and order situation in the state.
In a long letter signed by the chief secretary, the state government explained the details of their responsibilities, role, and post-attack investigative work during JP Nadda's visit. At the end of the letter, it was requested to kindly dispense with the presence of the State officials in the meeting, considering that the State Government is already addressing this issue with utmost seriousness. The incident was also alleged by the Trinamool Congress to incite political violence.
No response was received from the Center after the chief secretary and the DGP of West Bengal failed to attend the meeting on December 14. However, opposition parties in the state, including the BJP, have repeatedly complained about the deteriorating law and order situation in the state.
The Bengal governor has more than once taken the state government to task over the law and order situation. He also reminded the state government of its duty. He spoke about the governor's jurisdiction. However, it is to be seen what happens after the meeting between the Union Home Ministry and the Chief Secretary and the DGP of West Bengal.
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Last Updated Dec 18, 2020, 1:14 PM IST