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WB government transfers health secretary for mishandling COVID-19

The West Bengal government, which is under tremendous pressure for failing to deal with COVID19 pandemic, has transferred health secretary Vivek Kumar (IAS:1990:WB) from his post.

Kumar is the second senior bureaucrat to be transferred after food and supplies secretary Manoj Kumar Agarwal (IAS:1990:WB), who has been sent on compulsory wait. He was alleged of malpractices in the public distribution system.

The government transferred Kumar to the environment department as principal secretary. Narayan Swaroop Nigam (IAS:1998:WB), the transport secretary, will take charge of the health and family welfare department in his place.

The Mamata government has been severely criticised for mishandling the COVID-19 cases in the state. It is alleged Kumar had been made a scapegoat.

13 May 2020
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A former IAS may join saffron brigade in Bengal?

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that a former IAS officer belonging to West Bengal cadre is all set to take a plunge in politics. The former 1983 batch IAS retired from the service recently. 

24 Sep 2019
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WB government transfers health secretary for mishandling COVID-19

By IndianMandarins 13 May 2020

The West Bengal government, which is under tremendous pressure for failing to deal with COVID19 pandemic, has transferred health secretary Vivek Kumar (IAS:1990:WB) from his post.

Kumar is the second senior bureaucrat to be transferred after food and supplies secretary Manoj Kumar Agarwal (IAS:1990:WB), who has been sent on compulsory wait. He was alleged of malpractices in the public distribution system.

The government transferred Kumar to the environment department as principal secretary. Narayan Swaroop Nigam (IAS:1998:WB), the transport secretary, will take charge of the health and family welfare department in his place.

The Mamata government has been severely criticised for mishandling the COVID-19 cases in the state. It is alleged Kumar had been made a scapegoat.

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A former IAS may join saffron brigade in Bengal?

By IndianMandarins 24 Sep 2019

Indianmandarins has reliably learnt that a former IAS officer belonging to West Bengal cadre is all set to take a plunge in politics. The former 1983 batch IAS retired from the service recently. 

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Crouching tigress’ hidden agenda: Didi meets PM

By IndianMandarins 19 Sep 2019

Creating narrative and ground reality are two equally important things and ‘Didi’ appears to understood it very well. At least meeting of the WB CM Mamta Banerjee with the PM Modi and agreeing to meet Amit Shah suggests so.

Mamata might have been able to address a section of her voters in West Bengal but constantly being at the loggerhead with the Centre did not produce any good to her.

In fact, Didi’s one of the dearest projects lying with the home ministry has been changing name of West Bengal to Bangla. On the other hand It is believed that the moment name change takes place memory of partition of Bengals fades away which Sangh Pariwar doesn’t endorse. This has apparently been the reason that Mamata needs to meet Shah which she might have agreed reluctantly.

But the issue on which Didi failed to get approval from a leader like Rajnath Singh, getting approval of Amit Shah will be an onerous task. Let’s see how long this bonhomie continues as Shah does not give any concession to opposition.

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Fmr Bengal CS Krishnamurthi cremated

By IndianMandarins 16 Jul 2019

Former West Bengal chief secretary Krishnamurthi died on Sunday at the age of 81 in Kolkata. He was considered the architect of the state's new industrial policy. He is also credited with bringing GNLF (1985-89) to the table and negotiate a settlement for peace in Darjeeling hills.

Krishnamurthi had an excellent working rapport with the state's former chief minister, late Jyoti Basu. 

He was cremated on Monday.

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West Bengal: Political Hindutva Vs cultural Hinduism in Bengal

By IndianMandarins 06 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Election strategist Prashant Kishor seems to have taken over the management of poll strategy in West Bengal for 2021 Assembly elections as they are coming closure by the day. Actually the Trinamool Congress is finding it difficult to deal with the emerging tough opponent the Bharatiya Janata Party.

 

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is concerned about  a section of Hindu votes drifting away from TMC and now she is apparently turning to win over or hold back Hindu vote bank to its fold which was not at all a vote bank before the emergence the BJP in the state. Banerjee recently visited Mahesh in Hooghly district of the state and pulled chariot of Lord Jagannath. This is the first occasion that Mamata Banerjee joined this Rath Yatra in its over 600 year old tradition.

 

Political analysts also say that the way Nusrat Jahan is carrying herself out with Hindu insignias all over is not possible without her approval knowing her mercurial temperament. Mamata Banerjee’s new election advisor seems to have advised to counter radical Hindutva of the BJP by cultural Hindutva of West Bengal. So she seems to have made Nushrat Jahan mascot of the West Bengal.

 

In one of the interviews Mamata had said, “Hindutva is a political ideology but Hinduism is a way of life. I am also a Hindu by birth. I worship God. Hinduism is inherently a very liberal religion. If you don’t pray every day even then you are a Hindu. They have made ‘Jai Shri Ram’ a political slogan, but Ram does not just belong to the BJP. Thakur Shri Ramakrishna was not just a strong devotee of Kali, but also Ram.” She is trying to invoke Bengali Hindus sentiment by calling that they are good Hindus with a good soul. It doesn’t depend on how many rituals you follow.

 

So to counter the BJP strategy of colouring the TMC as the anti-Hindu political party gradually, Mamata Banerjee might be quite often seen in similar such occasions obviously with some balancing acts. She is a ground leader and very well aware that the BJP managed to get over 37 per cent votes in the state in 2019 in comparisons to less than 10 per cent votes in many previous elections needs proper attention.

 

However, the BJP will not leave any chance to provoke Mamata as they know it very well that she might commit mistakes in anger as she had committed during the Lok Sabha election when instead of ignoring Jai Shri Ram slogan shouted, she got people arrested people for shouting slogans.  But Mamata never gives up, so a very interesting battle awaits in West Bengal.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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PK’s forays in Didi’s camp turn attention to Nitish and his tiff with BJP

By IndianMandarins 07 Jun 2019

The less-than-favourable results in her state in 2019 LS Polls have prompted West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamta Banerjee to meet Election Strategist Prashant Kishor on Thursday, June 6, in Kolkata. Banerjee is reported to have signed PK to help the TMC with its post-LS Polls strategy and shape a better campaign plan for the 2021 Assembly elections in the state.

 

So after advising the BJP, Congress, and YSR Congress PK may now be working for Didi. But somehow his latest forays in West Bengal take attention to Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar and his future strategy.

 

PK is national vice-president of Nitish’s party. It is difficult to believe that PK could have met Mamata without Nitish’s prior consent. Though there are speculations that PK is on the verge of parting ways from Nitish and his JD (U). But in case these speculations are not true then certainly the move on the part of the poll strategist to come together with Mamata Banerjee is politically significant.

 

It is more than coincidence that PK’s Bengal move comes close on the heels to Nitish-led JD (U) denying to accept portfolio in Modi Govt. 2.0. And to add insult to injury this was followed by Bihar cabinet expansion where eight party MLAs were administered oath of office while those from the BJP were left in the cold. This turned out to be like a tit for tat between Centre and State, or between BJP and JD (U) though the two parties continue to be in alliance despite their relations getting visibly estranged. 

 

So isn’t it apt to assume that Nitish has started testing waters afresh? Among other reasons because of which Modi won 2019 LS polls is the fact that Mahagathbandhan had no face to match him. As an astute player of politics who could know this better than Nitish Kumar. He is reputed to have the ability to smell opportunity before others. Yet, 2019 proved to be a lost year for him like may be a few other peers in the Opposition. So he may not like to lose it again in 2024. 

 

Whatever may be the reason, purpose, intent and objective of PK joining hands with Didi, one cannot deny that the move is loaded with quite a few possibilities. And these are still going to take some time to unravel.

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IAS & IPS batchmates in the eye of storm

By IndianMandarins 15 May 2019

In its notification issued Wednesday late evening the Election Commission of India ordered the removal of Principal Secretary (Home) Atri Bhattacharya (IAS:1989:WB) and Additional Director General of CID Rajeev Kumar (IPS:1989:WB) from their postings in West Bengal. The notification (issued by Secretary, Rakesh Kumar) clearly states that Rajiv Kumar will have to report to Union Home Ministry at 10 am on May 16. The sudden development took place in the wake of violence between BJP and Trinamool Congress workers in Kolkata the Election Commission

 

Further, invoking Article 324 of the Constitution the ECI curtailed the campaigning for the last phase of the election on May 19. The campaigning in 09 West Bengal constituencies will end at 10 pm on Thursday night, a day before its scheduled deadline.

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Calcutta HC to examine validity of DSPE Act and CBI

By IndianMandarins 02 Apr 2019

The Calcutta High Court will examine and decide the validity of the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act and its baby called the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).


Justice Protik Prakash Banerjee has ordered that the case relating to the validity of the DSPE Act be placed before a Bench of two or more judges following the submissions of Amicus Curiae Phiroze Edulji.

 

The questions framed by the High Court in relation to the case are as follow:

 

Whether the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 is a valid piece of legislation?


Whether the Central Bureau of Investigation is an organ or a part of Delhi Special Police Establishment?

 

In a Constitution having federal form with distinct feels of legislation apportioned to the federal legislature and/or the federating legislature with corresponding executive power where law and order and their maintenance are part of the power given to the federating states whether a federal police force even for investigation can be made by central legislation without following the procedure established by the Constitution of India for central legislature making laws which would be enforceable in each of the States?

 

Further, taking note of the fact that the Supreme Court has granted a stay on the Gauhati High Court judgment in this regard, the Calcutta High Court has also framed the following questions:

 

What is the effect of an order of the Supreme Court which stays the operation of a final order of a Division Bench of a High Court which holds that a Central Statute is not a valid piece of legislation?

 

Whether admission of special leave petition and stay of a final judgment of the nature referred to above would mean that the Supreme Court has declared any law by such interim order of stay?

 

Amicus Curiae Edulji submitted that the case involves substantial questions of law as to the interpretation of the Constitution of India. He, therefore, requested the Bench to place the matter before a Bench of three or more judges.


The Court noted his submissions and ordered that the matter be placed before the Chief Justice for the constitution of an appropriate Bench.

 

“I think that these are the questions, which ought to be decided by a bench whose judgment would be binding on all other Courts of this State. Accordingly, I most respectfully request that the matter be placed before the Hon’ble Chief Justice/Acting Chief Justice for His Lordship to consider whether or not to constitute a Special Division Bench or a Special Bench comprising two or more judges for deciding the law involving interpretation of the Constitution of India”, the High Court stated in its order.

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