Centre, Bengal govt to hold meeting at 5 pm today over law and order issue in state
The Centre and Bengal government will hold a meeting over videoconference on Friday at 5 pm over the law and order situation in the state. This comes even as the Mamata Banerjee government is engaged in a bitter battle with the Centre over the attack on BJP chief JP Nadda’s convoy in Bengal.
This comes at a time when the Centre has ordered 3 IPS officers deputed in Bengal to immediately report on their central deputation before 5 pm on Friday. The 3 IPS officers were responsible for the security of JP Nadda’s convoy in Bengal when it came under attack recently.
Centre had on Thursday shot off a fresh letter to the West Bengal government to immediately relieve its three IPS officers for central deputation, provoking a combative Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to brand the move as "unconstitutional and unacceptable".
A defiant Mamata Banerjee declared she will not allow the "brazen attempt to control the state machinery by proxy", in an escalation of tension between the state and the Centre.
The three officers -- Bholanath Pandey (SP, Diamond Harbour), Praveen Tripathi (DIG, Presidency Range), and Rajeev Mishra (ADG, South Bengal) -- were responsible for the security of BJP chief J P Nadda during his December 9-10 visit to the politically volatile state.