TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Dec 18, 2020, 14:03 IST
NEW DELHI: The Centre on Friday will talk to top West Bengal officials to discuss law and order situation in the state amid prevailing tensions between the Central government and the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government.
The meeting comes weeks after BJP president JP Nadda’s cavalcade was attacked during a state visit and amplified the conflict between the BJP and TMC. Since Thursday, the TMC has been rocked by several high-level exits ahead of assembly elections.
Here are the top developments:
Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla may have a video conference with West Bengal’s chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and Director General of Police (DGP) Virendra on Friday evening after they conveyed their inability to travel to the national capital, officials said.
The chief secretary and the DGP were called by the home ministry on December 14 after receiving a report on December 11 from West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on the law and order situation in the state.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that it is our duty to protect the rights of people of all faiths, communities, castes and creed.
Today is #MinorityRightsDay. India is the land of unity in diversity, and it is our duty to protect the rights of p… https://t.co/KSMTzeXbmV
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 1608269520000
Union home minister Amit Shah will arrive in Kolkata on Friday night on a two-day visit to take stock of the BJP’s affairs in the state as the assembly elections draw near.
Meanwhile, chief minister mamata banerjee is meeting key TMC leaders on Friday.
Two TMC leaders resigned on Friday. Barrackpore MLA Shilbhadra Dutta and TMC leader Kabirul Islam resigned from the post of general secretary of the party’s minority cell. In past two days, four key leaders have resigned from the ruling party.
On Thursday, a key aide of Banerjee, Suvendu Adhikari had announced his resignation, giving up his cabinet portfolios in the state government and resigning as an MLA.
Hailing Adhikari, Pandabeswar MLA and Asansol civic body chief Jitendra Tiwari also quit the party.
Former minister Shyamaprasad Mukherjee too had announced that he would leave the party.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced ‘Z’ category security to rebel TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari in West Bengal. “Y ‘+’ category CRPF security cover in other states,” MHA said.
The rebel leaders are likely to join Amit Shah at the public rally in Midnapore College ground, said BJP leaders.
Shah’s visit comes in the backdrop of growing animosity between the Centre and the state with the Home Ministry asking the West Bengal government to immediately relieve its three IPS officers for central deputation, provoking a combative Mamata Banerjee to brand the move as “unconstitutional and unacceptable”.
With eye on the 2021 West Bengal assembly elections, the BJP has been bolstering its campaign in the state on war footing, deploying Union ministers, a deputy CM and central leaders and assigning them six to seven Lok Sabha constituencies each.
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