Mamata Govt's emergency meeting to overcome crisis
As the Election Commission rejected the request for reconsideration of its order to transfer officers in West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government convened an emergency meeting this evening to discuss the crisis.
Earlier in the day, the Election Commission set a fresh deadline for the West Bengal government to remove five Superintendents of Police, one District Magistrate and two Additional District Magistrates from poll duty after its earlier deadline of 1430 hrs ended today.
The EC asked the state transfer the officials by 1000 hrs tomorrow.
State Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra had sent a letter to the EC stating that the transfer could lead to administrative problems. He also proposed the names of three alternative officers.
After receiving the latest directive from the EC, the Chief Secretary called an emergency meting with the senior officials to review the situation, which many dubbed an unprecedented constitutional imbroglio.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mamata Basnerjee is now on an election tour in Bankura and Purulia districts.
Shortly after the EC's order for removal of the officials reached the state secretariat yesterday, Ms Banerjee challenged it at an election rally, saying her Government would not give effect to the transfer of any of the officers even if she was jailed.
The EC had said the officials should be transferred to 'non-election related and non-field' posts by today.
(Posted on 09-04-2014)