Mamata Banerjee lashes out at Manohar Parrikar over letter, says ‘Using Army to achieve political purpose’

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Updated: December 9, 2016 5:44:57 PM

Commenting on Manohar Parrikar's letter, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that she was not happy with the language used by the Defence Minister in the letter.

Mamata Banerjee, Demonetisation, Manihar Parrikar, Defence Minister, Parrikar Letter to Mamata, Indian Army, TMC, Derek O'BrienCommenting on Manohar Parrikar’s letter, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that she was not happy with the language used by the Defence Minister in the letter. (Source: PTI)

Commenting on Manohar Parrikar’s letter, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said that she was not happy with the language used by the Defence Minister in the letter. “I spoke about the government policy, not about the army,” she said. Parrikar on Thursday, penned a letter to the West Bengal CM replying to the allegations she made about the army looking to conduct a military ‘coup’ in West Bengal last week.”I have been deeply pained by your allegations… Your allegations in this regard run the risk of adversely impacting the morale of the country’s armed forces,” Parrikar said to Banerjee in a letter dated December 8.

Parrikar’s 2-page letter to Mamata, focused on the Indian Army being a highly disciplined institution dedicated to the safety and security of the country. In the letter he mentioned that the country was proud of their professionalism and apolitical conduct.

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The letter also highlighted about how the Army had to provide evidence of their communications to the relevant authorities in West Bengal about the exercise after Mamata Banerjee raised objections about being uninformed about their movements.

Also earlier today, TMC member Derek O’Brien said the defence minister’s letter has not reached Banerjee and its already leaked to media. He also said that the party “will give a befitting reply when it comes.

O’Brien had also taken up the issue in parliament. In the regards, he tweeted that the army was collecting money from toll tax booths in the states; a claim which was later denied by the army.

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