Mamata Banerjee compares situation in Bengal to ‘military coup’

Banerjee maintained that barring one district, south 24 Parganas, the army had been deployed in all others without informing the state government.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Kolkata | Updated: December 2, 2016 5:41 pm
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Comparing the situation in Bengal to an attempted “military coup”, West Bengal CM lashed out at the BJP, which she argued was “used to harassing people for political gain”.

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“I am vocal against demonetisation and thus this coupe. I am for people. Why aren’t they doing this elsewhere. They are saying Manipur, Assam and Nagaland. Who has crosschecked their claims. Manipur and Nagaland are troubled places. Army is already there. Assam it’s their own government. So who knows what the truth is,” said West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

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She added, “Why just Bengal. What about Odisha and Bihar. We’ve spoken to them, there’s no such thing there. Maybe they’ll start with us and later, they will go forward and do the same in other states where there is opposition”.

“I’ve the greatest respect for the army, but the BJP is using them for their political motives,” she added.Banerjee maintained that barring one district, south 24 Parganas, the army had been deployed in all others without informing the state government in what she termed was a “move against the constitution” aimed at “disrupting governance”.

The army, meanwhile has maintained, that the presence of army personnel in the state was “routine” and in a Tweet, the army maintained, “Routine exercise in all NE states. In Assam @ 18 places, Arunanchal@13, WB@19, Manipur@6, Nagaland@5, Meghalaya@5, Tripura & Mizoram@1@adgpi.”

However Bengal Chief secretary, Home Secretary and Kolkata police commissioner maintained that no contact was made by the army. Kolkata Police added that they had, in fact, refuted the army exercise citing “security” reasons and “traffic”.

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First Published on: December 2, 2016 2:33 am
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    indian
    Dec 2, 2016 at 2:39 am
    I'm beginning to be concerned about her mental well being. Why would the center need the army for a coup when they can use article 356.
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      Shankar
      Dec 1, 2016 at 9:50 pm
      Modi should resign immediately before the country is pushed into chaos, it is already in.
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        Shankar
        Dec 1, 2016 at 10:39 pm
        Soon army will be deplo in all states. lt;br/gt;2017 is the year of revolution in South Asia!
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          Earthkeeper
          Dec 1, 2016 at 10:38 pm
          You are antinational lt;br/gt;Go to stan lt;br/gt;Don't you hear this everyday lt;br/gt;Don't you know this country is run by educated illiterates
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            Jangan
            Dec 2, 2016 at 2:54 am
            There was similar Military coup in Turkey few months ago but people of the country cush it so badly that they never dare it. Hope People of Bengal will teach very good lesson if there is a coup.
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              TEA
              Dec 2, 2016 at 3:03 am
              Remember this: All these actions of Modi-demonetization, political coup of Jarkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, intimidation by using military etc. are originating outside the country, probably Israel!
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                Kds
                Dec 2, 2016 at 3:43 am
                @vikulp,@atranandpu, it's bcause of stupids like u we have dirty creatures like Mamta as CM of Bengal.it is understandable why paid Modi haters like u support a pesticide like her.this is the side effect of 'Demonetisation'.Guys u should be ashamed for supporting a megalomaniac who is even against our national army.
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                  MyTake
                  Dec 1, 2016 at 9:20 pm
                  She is behaving like some one attachked by rabies!
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                    MyTake
                    Dec 1, 2016 at 9:50 pm
                    [“I am vocal against demonetisation and thus this coupe. I am for people....]lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Real people don't like these fake and crooked people!
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                    1. M
                      MyTake
                      Dec 2, 2016 at 12:39 am
                      Shut up and get lost!
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                      1. M
                        MyTake
                        Dec 2, 2016 at 12:41 am
                        You Grumpy women can you shut up and let Modi do his work!
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                          C.P sharma
                          Dec 4, 2016 at 1:04 pm
                          Bijan... dont go easy on this lady...lt;br/gt;Just take a simple example:lt;br/gt;She is so sweet on the Bangladeshi illegal immigrants who are influxing the country and creating more slums and poverty.... while she has a different treatment on our own Military.
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                            C.P sharma
                            Dec 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm
                            Really sad the state of West Bengal and its Chief Ministers actions and politics.lt;br/gt;Cannot believe the people of West Bengal have voted for her.
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                              C.P sharma
                              Dec 4, 2016 at 1:13 pm
                              The Army comfirms in West Bengal was nothing more than a routine exercise,looking at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s over aggressive stand on the matter, it clearly indicates that she was clearly hiding something. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Friend from Bengal - please wake up. Whom have you elected?
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                                R. P.
                                Dec 2, 2016 at 1:08 am
                                If it has been army coup, u have been behind bars.
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                                  R. P.
                                  Dec 2, 2016 at 12:30 am
                                  She is drama queen. She came to power by appeasing a particular community.
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                                    Vedic_Citizen
                                    Dec 1, 2016 at 10:50 pm
                                    People will be happy if her govt is dismissed. She often challenged central govts against any move to deport illegal Bangla immigrants.
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                                      Vedic_Citizen
                                      Dec 2, 2016 at 3:09 am
                                      She is not worried about presence of Jihadhis and illegal immigrants in the state, but presence of Army agitates her !
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                                        Expel.them.to.bay.of.bengal
                                        Dec 2, 2016 at 3:13 am
                                        After doing nothing in the past 2.5 years other than foreign tour to make believe that the entire world is recognizing him after getting banished for 12 years and of course taking selfies, time is running out the MAD DOG MODI TO IMPLEMENT ARYAN BRAHMIN AGENDA. Where ever the Aryan Brahmin put their feet, that place gets destro. It is now South Asia's turn. Their logical destiny is in Bay of BRNGAL.
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                                          Viswanath
                                          Dec 2, 2016 at 3:12 am
                                          Since Nov 8, this lady has turned paranoid.
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                                            Mathura
                                            Dec 2, 2016 at 2:49 am
                                            Look out for Pyscho pseudo bhakt trolls efforts to silence every voice of opposition in this democracy. readymade Messages of pseudo desh bhakt troll are being posted immediately after a news is posted
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