The Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) has alleged that the opposition in unison is trying to murder democracy and running away from any discussion in parliament inspite of the Centre’s plea to have a constructive debate on demonetisation. “It is a planned effort by the opposition to murder democracy. Centre has been open for any positive and constructive debate,” BJP leader Prem Shukla told ANI here.
Shukla was quick to refute the charges made by the collective opposition in Parliament that Centre is trying to conspire against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “In the Mamata-Indigo fiasco, the DGCA and the airline company has made it clear that confusion was due to misunderstanding. Even this issue has been raised in parliament alleging that central government is doing conspiracy against Mamata Banerjee,” he said.
The BJP has also backed the Indian Army’s rejection of the Trinamool Congress’s allegation of an attempted military coup in West Bengal. “Eastern command chief of the army clarified that four letters were sent to the West Bengal state government. The state regime was kept in confidence and was regularly notified regarding the joint army exercise to be conducted,” he added.
An Indigo flight carrying Banerjee and other passengers from Patna to Kolkata had hovered for over half an hour in the city sky due to technical reasons before landing at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport earlier this week.
The row over Indian Army taking over toll plazas in West Bengal echoed in parliament with Trinamool Congress(TMC) seeing “sinister” designs behind the move. However, in a letter released by the Army showed that it was in communication with the West Bengal police on the annual exercise to “gather statistical data about load carriers that could be made available to the army in case of a contingency.”
The opposition raised the slogan “Tanashahi nahi chalegi” on the floor of the house. Trinamool Congress and other opposition members raised the issue of the state government not being informed about the army’s presence. In parliament, TMC has joined hands with other opposition parties to disrupt both Houses since the winter session began, over the impact on people of a cash crunch that has followed the Centre’s ban on Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000-rupee notes aimed at curbing corruption and black or untaxed money.