Army deployment at toll plazas in WB: Govt trying to create ‘fear psychosis’, says TMC

The Centre clarified that the army was only performing a routine duty of collecting data about trucks and other vehicles that can be used during public emergencies.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 7:27 pm
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Opposition parties led by the Trinamool Congress on Friday charged the government with trying to create a ‘fear psychosis’ in West Bengal by deploying army units at toll plaza without informing the state administration. Rajya Sabha witnessed noisy scenes on Friday morning after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee spent the night at the government secretariat in Kolkata, alleging that there was an attempt to dethrone her by an army coup.

The Centre clarified that the army was only performing a routine duty of collecting data about trucks and other vehicles that can be used during public emergencies. The government also maintained that the West Bengal government had been informed about this exercise that happens at routine intervals. But the Opposition was not convinced.

TMC leader Partha Chatterjee, accused the Modi government of using the Army for politics and said that the situation is very unfortunate. “The manner in which Modi government is using the Army for politics has never happened before. We have the highest respect for the Army, but the situation is very unfortunate.” Speaking on the Army’s statement that the state was informed he said, “We were not informed. We had not given permission to Army.”

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“The army was deployed at 19 places in West Bengal without the information of the state administration. There is an attempt to create a fear psychosis amongst the people. I must remind this government that the people of Bengal have fought against the British and they are ready to fight against (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s autocracy as well,” Sukhendu Shekhar Roy of the Trinamool Congress said in the Rajya Sabha.

Before him, leader of Opposition in the House, Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress had also raised the issue, wanting to know why army’s deployment at some of the toll plazas in the state had become necessary.

“Strange things are happening in this country. Something like this has never happened before. It is very surprising. It is also the first time that a chief minister of a state has had to spend the night in the secretariat. I would like to the government to clarify on this,” Azad said.

Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said the Opposition had got its facts wrong. He claimed that this was a routine exercise done by the Army and was slated for November 28 and 29. He said district officials in the state had requested that the dates be shifted in view of the Bharat Bandh called by some political parties on November 28 to protest against government’s decision to demonetize 500 and 1,000 rupee notes.

“This is a routine annual data collection exercise and is being done in coordination with the state government. The dates of the exercise were changed at the specific request of Kolkata police and other officials,” the minister said.

Bhamre said such exercises had happened in the past in several states, including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. He said it was a routine exercise to collect data on vehicles that can be used during “national emergencies”.

The reference to “national emergencies” angered the Opposition who wanted to know what the minister meant by that. Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu intervened to clarify that national emergencies could be floods, tsunami or cyclones.

TMC’s Derek O’Brien said he would challenge the Defence Minister’s version of events and place documentary evidence to this effect on Monday.

The Rajya Sabha could function only one hour in the morning. As soon as the Question Hour began at noon, the Opposition once again started repeating its demand for an apology from the Prime Minister on his comments a few days ago. Modi had said Opposition parties were protesting against demonetisation because they did not get adequate time to dispose their black money.

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    Vedic_Citizen
    Dec 2, 2016 at 10:35 am
    Public knows that it is other way around, She is suffering from psychosis or neurosis, need a psychiatrist to cure.
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      Ankit
      Dec 2, 2016 at 11:50 am
      Good to see the army say it bak
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        avd
        Dec 2, 2016 at 11:51 am
        After Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee is suffering from Modi Phobia that is after after Demonetization .That is why she has gone under depression and for that she is trying all tricks to come out of it but going deeper and deeper of Sea.However one suggests her to become normal, she must concentrate on good governance in WB state.She must know her limitation in Indian Politics after seeing how she mustered support from other political Parties while she was in Delhi and UP and Bihar. Everywhere she got Cold reception.
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          Deshu
          Dec 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm
          In Terms of Cricket, she is a local club player and scores many centuries against other clubs and now she desires to be a Test Player without playing any Ranji Trophy Tournaments. She must know her limitation in Indian Politics.She has become a laughing stock in Public by her activities since Demonetization.O' God give her some wisdom to be a normal person !
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            Chaterjee
            Dec 2, 2016 at 11:37 am
            TMC Mamta should take care of the Stat4e like the CMs of Tamil Nadu or Andhra. But she is not . That is why the Centrer is interfereing. She is like Kejriwal , just talking talking and talking and zero in action
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              Rakesh Pandit
              Dec 2, 2016 at 10:58 am
              After her "roll back" fiasco last week, this mamta is desperate to remain in lime light to avoid political isolation. Thats why she and party are raising childish ideas to grab attention. She has converted West Bengal into Waste Bhangar with whimsical and looney administration.
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                dd
                Dec 2, 2016 at 1:20 pm
                Sounds like TMC CROOKS got scared when they were transferring illegal money ... Queen of CROOKS started dancing with CROOKS
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                  Debasish Purkayastha
                  Dec 2, 2016 at 10:56 am
                  What TMC says on deployment of Army in WB is absolutely correct beccause having illegal money / illegal funds in custody alway creates 'FEAR PSYCHOSIS' among the corrupt people particularly when they see Army around them.
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                    Debasish Purkayastha
                    Dec 2, 2016 at 10:56 am
                    What TMC says on deployment of Army in WB is absolutely correct beccause having illegal money / illegal funds in custody alway creates 'FEAR PSYCHOSIS' among the corrupt people particularly when they see Army around them.
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                      Sasidharan pillai
                      Dec 2, 2016 at 12:27 pm
                      There have a powerful govt in Central to rule India. Gone the Manmani Era.. Why You fears Didi
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                        kane
                        Dec 2, 2016 at 11:05 am
                        The army has disclosed the 5 letters sent - exactly as per guidelines - to Mamatadi's government. TOI has it. lt;br/gt;The police stations involved.lt;br/gt;The head of transport authoritylt;br/gt;The relevant state govt. authority.
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                          kaushik
                          Dec 2, 2016 at 12:07 pm
                          we see daily the flock of sheep being herded by herders, why because the flock has not been taught by the herders for their own security they are Lions.They have been denied education from times immemorial. So the sheep remained as sheep, they flock as the herders want.Such Traitors are the herders. You have to awake to your senses on your own.Then eat up the Herders( who come door to door begging for Votes, distributing notes, But never came to your doors with books, education and Moral Science). No body can make you awake, the instinct is yours'. Those who are rarely found for educating people either be in small groups, with out desires of their own are to be praised
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                            Subrata
                            Dec 2, 2016 at 11:45 am
                            "Dethrone her by an army coup"!!! So Mamta admits that she is occupying a throne like a monarch. What a non sense. Is she so much paranoid about losing power that she had to stay guard at the state secretariat all night? She must have forgotten that she is in a democratic country and not in a Islamist country where power transfers happen that way. Appeasing the Islamist potion is one of her agenda and she thinks that Bengal is already an Islamist state. Spreading lies is one of her forte. One of the first ones was about her doctorate degree. She is trying to create a m paranoia based on lies for political gains.
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                              Sandip
                              Dec 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm
                              Very true. All the chors are ganging up together to try and prevent their years of loot from going down the drain. All their years of scheming, cheating, bully etc etc to earn that ill-gotten money has suddenly gone waste. What a blow! No wonder some are already on verge of insanity.
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                                Kotur Srinivas
                                Dec 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm
                                Rollback was total fiasco . Hope she worked hard to clear backlog of files in the secretariat.
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                                  Lotus Valley
                                  Dec 2, 2016 at 11:03 am
                                  The rantings of TMC and its leadership are nothing but signs of nervousness and mental instability.
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                                    Indian
                                    Dec 2, 2016 at 12:58 pm
                                    Modi zindabad. Mamata and lalu and .... all waste. They should count their days now
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                                      Indian
                                      Dec 2, 2016 at 1:04 pm
                                      Tu sardar hai, aur tera dimag waise hi chalega
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                                        Devisahai Meena
                                        Dec 2, 2016 at 1:53 pm
                                        Recall then army chief --VK Singh , spooking Raisina hills. Idea of creating " fear psychosis ", might have come from that person.
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                                          nu
                                          Dec 2, 2016 at 11:30 am
                                          Exploited by Modi, Army used to har own citizens like in South American banana Republics in 70sand80s.Generals should not be so subservient to Feku to be used in a pathetic manner against own citizens.
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                                            Murali Dharan
                                            Dec 2, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                                            Mamta is acting paranoic and is tilting at the windmills.Didi continues to act like an Opposition leader forgetting that she's the CM of a leading state like W. Bengal.
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