Trinamool raises ‘military coup’ issue in Parliament, Parrikar says don’t make it a controversy

Mamata Banerjee had said that the the Army deployment was in “clear violation of the Constitution” and a bid to “create a civil war like situation in the country.”

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 2, 2016 5:42 pm
Mamata Banerjee, Army, West Bengal, Bengal Army, Bengal Army coup, Army coup, India army coup, Army in West Bengal, West Bengal army, parliament, tmc, tmc parliament, manohar parrikar, parrikar, West Bengal news, India news While West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised the Central government for Army deployment in the state, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the allegation was just a result of ‘political frustration.’ (Source: File Photo)

The Trinamool Congress and other opposition parties raised the issue of the presence of Army personnel at toll plazas ‘in various parts’ of West Bengal in both Houses of Parliament on Friday. WB chief minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier told the Indian Express that the Army deployment was in “clear violation of the Constitution” and a bid to “create a civil war like situation in the country.”

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The Army however clarified and called the incident a ‘routine exercise.’ Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also spoke on the issue in Parliament and said that Trinamool’s reaction to the incident was merely ‘political frustration.’ He said, “Its sad that a routine exercise has been made into a controversy now.” Parrikar added that the exercise was scheduled to happen on December 28, 29 and 30, but were shifted to December 1, 2 on the request of Kolkata police.

The Minister of State for Defence, Subhash Bhamre, also said that “similar exercise was done in 2015 at the same location.” TMC leaders in the Rajya Sabha refused to accept the answer and accused Bhamre of misleading the House.

Banerjee spent the night at Nabanna, the state secretariat protesting against the presence of Army personnel at the toll plaza. Speaking to The Indian Express, Banerjee had earlier said, “This is very unfortunate that the Army is present outside Nabanna despite police objection. I am staying here, guarding our democracy.”

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The TMC supremo also alleged that on Wednesday night, the aircraft carrying her was made to hover over Kolkata despite being low on fuel. The IndiGo airline clarified saying that the air traffic controller “misunderstood” that the plane was low on fuel after the pilot radioed that the aircraft had eight minutes of extra holding fuel over Kolkata. However, TMC members were not satisfied by the response.

Speaking to ANI, leader of the party in Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandhopadhyay said , “It is a grave situation when a CM is being continuously harassed and her life is in danger.” He also alleged that the army “was covering big important toll plazas and controlling bridges” under the state government. “We want a clarification by Defence Ministry on army deployment in Bengal. We will be very vocal about this in both the houses.” Echoing the sentiment in the party, Bandhopadhyay objected to the way the Central government was “operating whole system.” He said, “It is as if some emergency is going to be proclaimed in West Bengal.”

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Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien claimed “Till midnight I got reports that in over a dozen districts army personnel were being deployed. We have full respect for the army, but we are told that the data they are looking for is already available.” The Rajya Sabha MP further refuted the claims made by the Army that the state police knew about the movement. “Are they authorised to collect funds from toll plazas? Eastern command said this is being coordinated (and that) police knows…this is untrue.” He had also tweeted a video that showed Army personnel at a toll plaza and asked whether “Besides Financial Emergency”, the Centre had “also imposed General Emergency.”

Dismissing allegations of ‘coup’ the Indian Army had said it was conducting an “annual exercise… as per government orders” and there was “nothing alarming.” However, around midnight, it withdrew, saying data had been gathered. Major General  Sunil Yadav addressed the media on Friday and said, “Similar exercise also been carried out in Jharkhand, UP and Bihar from 26th September to 1st October this year.” He added that the data collection involves all North-Eastern states, including Assam, Arunachal,West Bengal,Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram and Sikkim. “Over 80 such collection data points established in entire region, personnel of army consisting of 5-6 at each point are unarmed,” he said. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu rubbished all accusations made by Trinamool, “Eastern command said its a regular exercise, will do this for 3 days. Fine if they (TMC) want to divert from main issues, or raise in Parliament.”

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First Published on: December 2, 2016 11:20 am
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    Anonymous
    Dec 2, 2016 at 9:47 am
    Her scowl will become permanent.
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      Anonymous
      Dec 2, 2016 at 9:49 am
      Is the TMC now officially the NASTY party. No regard for anyone except their big EGO.
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        pk
        Dec 2, 2016 at 3:58 pm
        Your hands /fungus too have no control
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          Chandu Shah
          Dec 2, 2016 at 10:13 am
          This woman is as mad as Craziwal. They both are absolutely nuts
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            Chander Pal
            Dec 2, 2016 at 9:43 am
            She suffers from repulsive atude. She is repulsive to industry and repulsive to job creation. Commies had made Bengal bankrupt, Mamta is ruining it. In good old days of 1950s, Kolkota used to be a jewel.
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              MyTake
              Dec 2, 2016 at 9:16 am
              BJP must be having fun with this re-tard!!!
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                Ashutosh Shukla
                Dec 2, 2016 at 7:42 am
                she is a moron- has worked against country's interest and only talks about the muslims from Bangladesh. Her half the cabinet is embroiled in Shraddha scam and she is sitting on tonnes of currency. She has been hit hard and now wailing at every opportunity. The nation can see through her game plan. It was better we had a inquiry into her plane low on fuel after it crashed that way one less traitor to deal with.
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                  Arun
                  Dec 2, 2016 at 6:20 am
                  Army Authorities have now clarified that they were conducting routine exercise with full knowledge and coordination with West Bengal police.Therefore it is 100% sure that Mamata Banerjee has become insane and needs immediate admission in Mental hospital and then to be treated by Senior Physiatrists. Really it is shame on her part to talk nonsense and misleading public.How is it an insane person rule state as CM and spoil their routine life.One must condemn her activities since Demonetization. She is the crook lady can do anything to damage image of India.
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                    avd
                    Dec 2, 2016 at 6:53 am
                    Mamata Didi was clean bowled in first inning by Modi's out swing of Demonetization and in Second Inning also she was clean bowled by Army Authorities clarification on Troops movements in WB, .Therefore she is now out of form in Indian Politics and needs rest and if possible must retire from active politics in the interest of nation and WB.
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                      avd
                      Dec 2, 2016 at 7:31 am
                      Mamata Banerjee's condition in public will be like an old story of The Shepherd Boy and The Wolf . Att he end of story when the Shepherd boy shouted "Help! Wolf! Help!" second time Still no one came to his help. The villagers thought that the boy was playing mischief again. In same way Public realised that Mamata Banerjee is shouting danger danger first Denomination and second time Army Coup in WB.She has lost her credibility and respect in public with her outburst against Narendra Modi.Now no one listen to her.Sher has commiited a suicidal act which everyone codemns her.
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                        Sivaraman Narayanan
                        Dec 2, 2016 at 6:42 am
                        TAKING CUE FROM AK, EVEN OVERTAKEN AK IN MAKING SUCH ALLEGATIONS, BETTER SHE CONCENTRATE ON HER STATE
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                          Dash
                          Dec 2, 2016 at 8:07 am
                          My friend,an IPS(an underground IB officer) posted in eastern India tells me that WB secretariat building has been used to dump old notes. Army is keeping a close eye in this. Army movement near Kolkata was due to yhis fact. Mamta staying there last night tells a lot. TMC has Rs. 13000-17000 crores of black money. Abhishek Banerjee who js Mamta's nephew looks after this money. W..B is truly ruined. 3 trucks full of old notes were transporting these from one place to another. that is why Army kept an eye on vehicles plying on NH 2. My friend told me a no.of things which can not be disclosed here. the bottom line is this-Mamata is a disgusting lady who is selling WB. may god bless W..B.
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                            Dash
                            Dec 2, 2016 at 7:04 am
                            why is she afraid of Army?her anger says a lot. She can convert about 50% of black money(total-13-17thousand crores as per IB estimates).rest is gone. that is why she is frustrated. Army had info that 3 trucks full of old notes were on NH 2. that is why Army started noticing suious vehicles. these trucks might have changed routes. that is thr reason this disgusting lady is worried.
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                              Balaji
                              Dec 2, 2016 at 8:17 am
                              Her name should be changed from mamata to ugramata. Mamata is a quality which disappeared completely in this creature. Only seen the quality of ugramata with her. she is crossing all the consutional boundary. She is a CM with some responsibility like other many CM in the country. But she think herself not less than the PM. All the time she is fighting with PM as it is one of her Hobby. She thinks she is the only intelligent CM in the country . All other CM are rubbish. What PM declared in this Demonetisation issue, it was not only meant for the mamata/Ugramata or only for the opposition parties of the country. It was common for all citizen. Even we the common citizen also suffering but not reacting the way ugramata is doing. Why this ugramata lady is crying with such noise is difficult to understand.
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                                sb
                                Dec 3, 2016 at 1:55 am
                                State Govt. was aware of Army Exercise.lt;br/gt;Indian Army is apolitical, and place and venue of their exercises cant be dictated by a mad CM.lt;br/gt;The operations of Army are for all Indians.lt;br/gt;Indian army works not to suit politics of one of the most corrupt parties ...called TMC.lt;br/gt;We voted for it to get rid of the communists. And this has meant from frying pan to fire.lt;br/gt;TMC is a party of syndicates, have vitiated political space brazenly, violence!!lt;br/gt;Thd day there is a better alternative people will vote out this most corrupt party.
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                                1. பாரதி
                                  Dec 2, 2016 at 6:41 am
                                  Mamata is over reacting. Let her concentrate on his state administration and welfare of the people.
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                                    ashok
                                    Dec 2, 2016 at 7:26 am
                                    What kind of reasons these TMC create just for publicity. I hope indians take responsibility now on to elect leaders who have positive vision fot the nation
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                                      Chandrasekaran
                                      Dec 2, 2016 at 6:36 am
                                      After kejriwal she has started playing the victim card because her opposition for demonetization did receive the expected support now she is creating tantrum and trying to make a mountain out of mole hill
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                                        Arun
                                        Dec 2, 2016 at 9:06 am
                                        Everyone says she has become completely mad due to Narendra Modi's phobia which is harmful to West Bengal .No CM has been described by public as mad so far but last few days after Demonetization.She became restless and breathless after Modi Govt getting support from those Public,standing in ques for many hours before Banks for withdrawn of their money.It seems her own black moneys make her sleepless.She heself exposed in Public.
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                                          Darkhorse
                                          Dec 2, 2016 at 7:10 am
                                          Did she tell you about all this?
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                                            Debasish Purkayastha
                                            Dec 2, 2016 at 9:14 am
                                            CM of WB has gone mad because her party TMC is on the edge after losing the illegal savings due to demonetisation.
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