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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  1. I
    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.
    1. S
      Dec 1, 2016 at 9:50 pm
      Modi should resign immediately before the country is pushed into chaos, it is already in.
      1. S
        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!
        1. E
          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
          1. J
            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.
            1. T
              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!
              1. K
                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 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.
                1. M
                  Dec 1, 2016 at 9:20 pm
                  She is behaving like some one attachked by rabies!
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