Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday penned down a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee regarding her allegations about the army conducting a military coup in West Bengal.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday penned down a letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee regarding her allegations about the army conducting a military coup in West Bengal. In the 2-page letter, Parrikar speaks about the Indian Army being a highly disciplined institution dedicated to the safety and security of the country. He stated that the country was proud of their professionalism and apolitical conduct. The letter further spoke about how the Army had to provide evidence of their communications with the relevant authorities in West Bengal about the exercise after Mamata Banerjee raised a cry about being uninformed in the parliament. He said that politicians and political parties might have the luxury of making unsubstantiated and wild allegations against each other but one needed to be extremely careful when it came to the Indian Army. Meanwhile, TMC leader Derek O’Brien spoke about the letter and said that it had already been leaked to the media even before it had reached the Chief Minister. He said that the TMC government would give a befitting reply when the letter was officially received.
In the letter, Parrikar further stated that such allegations by a public figure of Mamata’s experience and standing might also hamper the morale of the armed forces. Banerjee on December 2 had stayed all night at the state government secretariat protesting the army’s presence in the state. Speaking to reporters Banerjee had said that states like Odisha, Bihar, Kerala, Chattisgarh did not have any such army exercises.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s letter to WB CM Mamata Banerjee, expresses pain over dragging the Army into controversy pic.twitter.com/LVAsdoscsl
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Meanwhile, Derek O’Brien had also caused an uproar in the parliament on the matter. O’Brien had tweeted that the army was collecting money from toll tax booths in the states; a claim which was later denied by the army.
The army had then provided the proof of relevant documents signed by the required authorities of the state of West Bengal. The documents had further explained the reasons for such exercises. It had also been reported that such military exercises were also carried out through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar as well. Such exercises had been carried out in the state of West Bengal in previous years as well.