Trinamool supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that the center has deployed army personnel at toll plazas in the state without informing the state government. She said that the situation is becoming worse than Emergency.
While speaking to media persons at the secretariat, she said Army has been set out at two toll plazas without informing the state government. This is a very serious situation which is becoming worse than an emergency.
Until and unless the Army stationed in front of Nabanno, the Bengal state govt secretariat, is withdrawn 1/2
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 1, 2016
Mamata demands to government to step-back army personnel deployed at toll plazas
It is an attack on the federal structure. We want to know the details. The Chief Secretary is writing to the Centre. I will talk to the president on the issue. She asked the government “Has Emergency been imposed in the country without declaration?”
Mamata criticized the government and opposed Army’s presence at toll plazas. Mamata said she is waiting to guard democracy and she would not leave Secretariat until Army is left from toll plaza in front of it.
On the other hand, TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien lauded on the Centre. He took tweet a video of army personnel at a toll plaza on Twitter in which the army persons are collecting tolls from vehicles at a toll plaza near the Bengal secretariat. ‘The situation has got worse and questioned to government How Army can collect the tolls at a toll plaza near the Bengal secretariat, a high-security zone? tweeted on twitter.
Amry refuted allegation of Mamata that it deployed army personnel at toll plazas
At the same time, Eastern Command refused allegation of Mamata Banerjee, said Army is conducting a routine exercise in West Bengal and it has been informed to state police.
“The army conducts bi-annual exercise throughout the country to get statistical data about the load carriers that could be made available to the force in case of a contingency,” said a defence spokesperson.
Wing commander SS Birdi said that we are getting idea how many vehicles pass through a certain area that could be tapped during operations.