The ongoing feud between the BJP government at the Centre and the TMC government in West Bengal exposes the feudalistic mindset of the ruling establishment at the Centre.
After being badly defeated in the recently concluded assembly election, the BJP is using every trick to harass Mamata Banerjee and the TMC. From using the CBI to arrest TMC leaders to now recalling the chief secretary of the state to Delhi, efforts are being made to undermine the TMC-led West Bengal government. On Monday, Bengal’s top officer, Alapan Bandyopadhyay retired as the chief secretary instead of reporting to the Centre, in a dramatic escalation of Mamata Banerjee’s feud with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Bandyopadhyay is now the chief advisor to the Bengal government.
The Centre’s recall order came on Friday, hours after the chief minister skipped a cyclone ‘Yaas’ review meeting with PM Modi on Friday. It is reported that, going against the usual norms, Modi invited opposition BJP leaders to the meeting held to review cyclones. This infuriated CM Mamata. This growing feud between the Centre and the West Bengal government needs to end immediately. Modi and the BJP should understand that the election is over. They should gracefully accept the defeat and stop trying to bully Mamata’s government using various tricks. This will not be of any help to the people of West Bengal.
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is known to be a tough fighter and therefore she will not back down from confrontation with Modi and the Centre. However, the confrontation will only cause much harm to the people of the state. At this time, when Bengal is battling Covid-19 and the effect of cyclone ‘Yaas’, it is time the central government extended every possible support to the state government. But sadly, instead of supporting, the BJP leadership at the Centre is hell bent on punishing Mamata Banerjee for badly defeating them.