TMC MP to raise ‘Bengal Regiment’ issue with Centre

The Trinamool Congress has once again upped the ante against the Centre,this time over the latter’s “double standard” on the issue of formation of new Indian Army regiment on the basis of language and province.

Written by RAJIB CHATTERJEE | Kolkata | Published:May 21, 2012 3:17 am

The Trinamool Congress has once again upped the ante against the Centre,this time over the latter’s “double standard” on the issue of formation of new Indian Army regiment on the basis of language and province.

Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said he will soon write a letter to Defence Minister A K Antony urging him to explain why a separate Bengal regiment in the Indian Army can’t be raised on the lines of Bihar,Rajasthan,and Sikh Army Regiments.

Roy said he had earlier asked a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether the Centre has any plan to raise new regiment on the basis of language,religion and province. In reply to the question,which was treated as unstarred one,the Defence Ministry gave a written reply that it has no plan to raise new regiment in the Indian Army on the basis of religion and province on policy grounds. “Then why there are separate Indian Army regiments for Bihar,Rajasthan and Sikh? The Article 14 of the Indian Constitution states that there will not be any discrimination on the basis of religion and province,” Roy told The Indian Express.

Asked what will the Trinamool do if a separate Army regiment is not raised for Bengal,Roy said they will “take up the matter politically”. “So many youths from Bengal have laid down their lives while protecting the country. Several Bengalis have occupied important portfolios in all the three forces of Indian Army.”

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