Politics over Army deployment in WB hots up

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The politics over the deployment of army in some parts of West Bengal , at toll barriers in particular,has irked Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee who remained in her office throughout the Thursday night.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the Army presence in West Bengal is an annual routine exercise conducted throughout the country for getting data about the load carriers to be made available to the army in contingency situations.

Reacting to the allegation made by Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandopadhya in Lak Sabha today that the state government was kept in the dark, Mr Parrikar said Army is doing the exercise after consulting with the state police. The minister said this is political frustration of TMC.

Earlier, raising the issue during Question Hour, Bandopadhya said the move violates nation’s federal structure.

Pilot asks TMC, BJP to keep Army out of politics

Urging political parties to refrain from dragging army into politics, Senior Congress leader  Sachin Pilot today asked both the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal and the BJP government at the Centre not to indulge in petty politics over functioning of the armed forces.

Pilot told reporters in Kolkata that, his party would like to urge both TMC government in West Bengal and BJP government in the Centre not to indulge in petty politics over functioning of the armed forced.

He said army should not be dragged into politics as they sacrifice their life for the safety and security of our country. The West Bengal Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee continued to stay put at the state secretariat today protesting against army presence at toll plazas in several places of the state and asked whether it was an “army coup”.

Mamata’s allegations lowest of low : BJP

Hitting out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her coup charge at the army for deployment of jawans at toll booths in the state, BJP said making such an allegation is the lowest of the low.

Party Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said, no sane politician and a constitutional head has ever levelled such serious charges against the Indian Army.

He said a routine exercise is being converted into a controversy by Ms. Banerjee. Mr. Singh alleged that the demonetisation has rattled her.

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