Mamata lashes out at Modi, questions Andhra chief secretary’s removal

Jalpaiguri, Apr 7: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Sunday accused the Centre of intervening in state matters while questioning the removal of Andhra Pradesh chief secretary by the Election Commission.
She sought to know why Prime Minister Narendra Modi isn’t removing his own Cabinet secretary or the Union home secretary if he was so “fond of making last-minute changes”.
“Why is the Centre intervening in state matters? Why was Andhra Pradesh chief secretary removed?” Banerjee asked at an election rally here. “Why don’t you (Modi) remove your own cabinet secretary,” she asked.
The Election Commission on Friday removed Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha from the post and appointed senior-most IAS officer LV Subrahmanyam in his place.
Reacting to the poll panel’s move of removing four IPS officers in West Bengal, including Kolkata and Bidhanagar police commissioners, the West Bengal chief minister Saturday wrote a letter protesting its decision. The letter said the removals were “unfortunate, highly arbitrary, motivated and biased” and taken at the behest of BJP, and urged the poll panel to review its decision.
Retorting to PM’s claim that the TMC supremo was afraid of him, Banerjee said that it was Modi who was afraid of her and not the other way round.