The state BJP on Wednesday filed a police complaint against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her statements that allegedly maligned the Indian Army. Earlier, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) had filed a police complaint against state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh for his remarks against Mamata. Ghosh had apologised for these remarks in the Assembly on Tuesday.
Wednesday’s complaint filed by BJP worker Manav Sharma at the Jorasankho police station in central Kolkata was later emailed to the city police commissioner, police said.
As per the complaint, “On December 1, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had attacked Indian Army in an unprecedented manner. She maligned the image of Indian Army, wilfully with nefarious political motives, through uncorroborated allegations and baseless insinuations.
She alleged that Indian Army was ‘colluding and conspiring’ against her government. It is a serious attempt to misinform public.”
The complaint refers to the deployment of army personnel at toll plazas on the NH in the state, including the Vidyasagar Setu bridge toll – which Banerjee pointed out was a few metres away from the state secretariat. An angry war of words had ensued with the Army saying that the state had been intimated and the police maintaining that intimation didn’t mean that “permission had been given”.
The complaint added, “On various occasions, Ms Banerjee denounced the post of Prime Minister of India with baseless insinuations and even threatened him with dire consequences.