Shiv Sena Criticises Centre Over Tussle Involving Bengal Bureaucrat

In an editorial in Saamana, Sena said that the centre should have a broad vision towards political wins and losses.

Shiv Sena Criticises Centre Over Tussle Involving Bengal Bureaucrat

The Union Home Ministry has issued a showcause notice to Alapan Bandopadhyay. File

Mumbai:

Amid the ongoing tussle between the central government and West Bengal involving the state's former chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay, the Shiv Sena today said the "cyclone of arrogance" is still hovering over the Bay of Bengal, and added that it is wrong on the part of the centre to put pressure on the states.

In an editorial in party mouthpiece ''Saamana'', the Sena said that the centre should have a broad vision towards political wins and losses as the absence of it might hurt the country's unity.

The party also said that during the tenure of former prime ministers Manmohan Singh, Rajiv Gandhi, P V Narasimha Rao and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, there were no stand-offs between the Centre and the states.

The Union Home Ministry issued a showcause notice to Bandyopadhyay on May 31, the day he retired, for allegedly violating the Disaster Management Act by not attending a meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Cyclone Yaas has come and gone, but the cyclone of arrogance is still hovering over the Bay of Bengal. Like Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Bandopadhyay did not attend the cyclone review meeting called by PM Narendra Modi during his visit to the state," the Sena said.

"How can the bureaucrat be a criminal if he is following the orders of the chief minister of his state? Had he attended the PM''s meeting, the state would have taken action against him," the Sena said.

It is wrong on the part of the centre to put pressure on the states and humiliate state governments which are not of the political ideology of the centre, the Sena said.

"There are six accused in the Narada sting operation case. While four have been arrested and two others were not since they both have joined the BJP. Has the Constitution given the centre powers to act in such a manner?" the party asked.

"The centre wants to teach Mamata Banerjee a lesson by punishing Bandopadhyay. This is a threat to the country's bureaucracy. This is height of arrogance. The centre should keep broad vision towards political wins and losses," it said.

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