Won’t leave secretariat until army retreats across Bengal, says Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee said, "Army was today deployed at two toll plazas on National Highway 2 in West Bengal without informing state government. It is unprecedented and serious matter."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 5:40 pm
Huge stacks of Rs 2000 notes have been recovered TMC wrote to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju, demanding a through inquiry by his ministry to unearth the truth behind Banerjee’s flight incident. (File photo)

Army has now been retreated from toll plaza near the state secretariat. CM Mamata Banerjee however, refuses to leave office till Army retreats across West Bengal.

Hours after her flight was made to hover over the Kolkata airport despite the plane reportedly running low on fuel, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday alleged that Army was deployed at two toll plazas on National Highway 2 by the Centre without informing the state government and described it as “unprecedented and a serious matter.”

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The Eastern command in a statement said, “Its a routine exercise with full knowledge & coordination with West Bengal Police. Speculation of army taking over toll plaza incorrect.”

The Defence CPRO said that the Army has been asked to withdraw from specific point and would be deployed somewhere else tomorrow.

State chief secretary, Home Secretary, DG and CP all have contradict army claim, saying that there was no communication from army at any level.

Addressing a press conference, Banerjee said, “I am saying this on record. Hope my words won’t be distorted. Army was today deployed at two toll plazas on National Highway 2 in West Bengal without informing state government. It is unprecedented and serious matter.”

“It is an attack on the federal structure. We want to know the details. The Chief Secretary is writing to the Centre. Given an opportunity I will talk to the President on the issue. Has Emergency been imposed in the country without declaration?” she wanted to know.

The Chief Minister said, “Army is our asset. We are proud of them. We requisition Army in times of major disaster or communal flare up. “I don’t know what has actually happened. Even if there is mock-trial, state government is informed”, she said.

Banerjee claimed that the people got panicky due to the deployment of Army at toll plazas.

When contacted, A Defence spokesperson said that the army conducts bi-annual exercise throughout the country with the aim of getting statistical data about the load carriers that could be made available to the army in case of a contingency. “There is nothing alarming about this and it is carried out as per government orders”, Wing Commander S S Birdi said. The exercise gives an estimate about the number of vehicles passing through a certain area that could be tapped during operations, he said.

Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress wrote to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju, demanding a through inquiry by his ministry to unearth the truth behind Banerjee’s flight incident. “We have written a letter to Raju, demanding a high-level probe into the incident by the Civil Aviation Ministry to unfold the truth and reasons for the dilly-dallying attitude of the Air Traffic Controller, NSCBI airport,” TMC vice-president Mukul Roy told reporters.

Aviation regulator DGCA has ordered an inquiry into as many as three flights, including one carrying Banerjee, reporting low fuel at the same time, as TMC and other opposition parties alleged conspiracy and threat to her life. TMC raised the issue in both Houses of Parliament alleging that Banerjee’s flight was made to hover over Kolkata airport last evening for about half an hour despite the pilot
reporting that the plane was low on fuel.

Earlier in the day, the a row erupted Banerjee’s flight being made to hover over Kolkata it echoed in Parliament where TMC alleged threat to her life while the Centre asserted no one was in danger.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    Onkar Singh
    Dec 1, 2016 at 4:43 pm
    Modi can't be trusted,as a skeptic,the crisis in the plane which was carrying CM of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee,followed by the deployment of the army without the knowledge of the state government,are bad signals,not to be ignored.Any plan eliminate a stubborn opponent,who has the courage to take on the might of a Modi? Any Godse type to eliminate Mamata Banerjee? I am worried.Because from a fascist minded BJP Modi nothing can be ruled out.We must be watchful.And the central government questioned of its motives.
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      Abhas
      Dec 1, 2016 at 6:55 pm
      Army deplo in Bengal, Ruhul hi's Twitter Account Hacked. Attempts to kill Didi by not allowing her plane on low fuel to land. Demonising Supreme Court. Country turning fast into Dictatorship
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        Anif
        Dec 1, 2016 at 8:54 pm
        She trying to hid her old notes still or what?.lt;br/gt;Sheer frustration on Mamata part she could not change her black money before the deadline.
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          Shankar
          Dec 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm
          Modi HAS gone MAD.
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            Shankar
            Dec 1, 2016 at 4:04 pm
            Ok.Modi HAS BEEN MAD.
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              Kusumadharagowda
              Dec 1, 2016 at 3:55 pm
              Mamatha is mamathaless.She is angry bird and communist.What you expect.Washington D.C.
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                Jakie
                Dec 2, 2016 at 3:10 am
                After de-establising Kashmir, Feku want to open new front.
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                  Lovely
                  Dec 2, 2016 at 12:30 am
                  Bengal Begum is getting nervous after seeing Indian Army?
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                    Srividya Jayaraman
                    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm
                    It is Mamta who has gone mad after demonutization. May be you must also be one who must have gone MAD
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                      Srividya Jayaraman
                      Dec 1, 2016 at 3:36 pm
                      Yes definitely someone will do to you.
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                        MyTake
                        Dec 1, 2016 at 9:01 pm
                        "Itchi" Bibi trying to be in the lime light!
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                          MyTake
                          Dec 1, 2016 at 8:18 pm
                          Army should go, pick her up and drop (as part of an exercise) may be in Andaman for "safe keeping"!
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                            MyTake
                            Dec 1, 2016 at 8:09 pm
                            This lady started behaving like AK! Crying for attention! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;She is suffering from ADS (Attention Deficit Syndrome) - need to see a proper psychologist who can heal it through Hypnotic Regression going to the root of it when this condition started to take hold of her unconscious mind - most likely in her childhood!
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                              MyTake
                              Dec 1, 2016 at 6:42 pm
                              Is Army is Indian or stani, Mamata forgot to mention!!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Is kolkata is in India or in BANGLADESH she also forgot to high light!!
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                                Ompuri
                                Dec 1, 2016 at 8:33 pm
                                Mr.fekoo is a dictator here is proof. Now he is using army to silence his critics. Army better stay away from politics otherwise there will be revolt.
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                                  Kamalk
                                  Dec 2, 2016 at 2:32 pm
                                  Mamta is a cheapster doing politics to gather headlines.Demonetisation has definitely affected her mental balance.With sacks of sarda scam money lying she is lost
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                                    R. P.
                                    Dec 1, 2016 at 3:05 pm
                                    Her place is mental asylum.
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                                      Vns
                                      Dec 1, 2016 at 6:16 pm
                                      I wish this lady dies soon on hyper tension and let us live happily.
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                                        Yogesh
                                        Dec 1, 2016 at 4:28 pm
                                        Imagine if her and Kejriwal were running the country.....total delusion
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                                          An
                                          Dec 1, 2016 at 6:10 pm
                                          What if army is studying travel time from one place to another for troop movements.
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                                            anil bharali
                                            Dec 1, 2016 at 11:51 pm
                                            BJP has rightly identified who can kill BJP's colonial loot.
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