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West Bengal chief secretary, appointed CM Mamata adviser, resigns amid dispute between center and state News from India


NEW DELHI: West Bengal Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay stepped down from office on Monday and was appointed chief adviser to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee amid a dispute between the Center and the state government.
At a press conference, Mamata said that she has appointed Bandyopadhyay as her senior advisor for the next three years.
Meanwhile, HK Dwivedi has been appointed the new Chief Secretary of State.
The rejig comes shortly after a major dispute between the Center and the state government that erupted after Mamata allegedly skipped a cyclone review meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The central government had accused Mamata of insensitivity and called the chief secretary the same day.
However, earlier today, Mamata wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to withdraw the order from the Center remembering Bandyopadhyay.
He even added that his government “is not releasing” the top bureaucrat.

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