1. Mamata Banerjee fumes at Centre for deploying Army at 2 toll tax points in WB, refuses to leave Secretariat

Mamata Banerjee fumes at Centre for deploying Army at 2 toll tax points in WB, refuses to leave Secretariat

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee once again targetted the Centre on Thursday by revealing that it had deployed Indian army near two of the national highway toll collection points.

By: | Updated: December 2, 2016 3:32 AM
Mamata Banerjee made big revelation saying that the Centre has deployed army personnel on the two toll tax points of West Bengal without taking permission of the state. (ANI) Mamata Banerjee made big revelation saying that the Centre has deployed army personnel on the two toll tax points of West Bengal without taking permission of the state. (ANI)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee once again targetted the Centre on Thursday by revealing that it had deployed Indian army near two of the national highway toll collection points. She expressed her anger as the Centre did not seek permission of the state government for the same and thus, called it a very sensitive issue. However, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Babul Supriyo said that the army is conducting a survey on the points.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced on November 8 to demonetise high value currency notes to combat black money and corruption from the Indian economy. Soon after the decision, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief has been continuously criticizing the step by calling it against the common people. She met President Pranab Mukherjee over the issue besides contacting other political leaders in the row to oppose it. Recently she staged a protest Patna where she slammed PM Modi and termed that the demonetisation snatched the freedom of people to live. But on Monday, she made big revelation saying that the Centre has deployed army personnel on the two toll tax points of West Bengal without taking permission of the state.

In an interaction with media, she said that her statement based on record and it is a very sensitive issue. The CM further hoped that her words will not be distorted and they will be presented in the same manner as she said.

Taking the matter on a serious note, she refused to leave the office till the army is moved from the toll collection points.

Soon after this, TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien also raised the issue. On his official Twitter account, the TMC leader asked that if the Centre has imposed “General Emergency” besides “Financial Emergency”. He further posted a video of the army personnel standing on toll plaza and questioned that “what is the Army doing at toll plazas in Bengal without Centre informing State.”

Calling it a “worse” situation, he again tweeted that “Is it Army’s duty ? Is this interference part of a plan to start an internal war?”

However, her statement received a quick response union minister Babul Supriyo. In a statement to News18, he said that the facts given by Mamata Banerjee are not clear. He added that a survey is being done by the army at the places.

In late night statements, here is what the Eastern Army Command and Mamata Banerjee said;

Its a routine exercise with full knowledge & coord with WB Police. Speculation of army taking over toll plaza incorrect: Eastern command

The requisite data gathered and Army has been asked to withdraw from specific point, would be deployed elsewhere tomorrow: Defence CPRO

In almost all areas of West Bengal army has been deployed without consent of the State Govt: WB Police

Further expressing her anger on the entire fiasco, the West Bengal CM has questioned the government and has informed about the deployment of army in 17 districts of West Bengal, calling it to be a coup. Commenting on the same, Mamata has alleged the government for playing a political vendetta against her note ban protest. She also said she will not leave the Secretariat till the army is not taken back and will raise the issue in the Parliament.

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