New Delhi, November 2: As the drama continues to unfold around Mamata Banerjee and her TMC party workers, it seems as if the lies have been uncovered and the Chief Minister caught red handed. Creating a huge ruckus in Parliament and outside, the TMC claimed that the deployment of the Army at a national highway in Kolkata had the markings of a coup d’etat. However, the Eastern Command of the Indian Army declared that the leader was lying as they had permission from the state government do carry out the exercise and they have documents to prove so.
In a bid to bring out the facts, the Eastern Command and Major General Sunil Yadav today conducted a press conference in which they made public communication with Bengal officials. The released documents show that the Army did Indeed have prior permission to conduct the impressment exercise for civil hired transport named, ‘Exercise Mahasanchalan 2016’.
In one letter the Army clearly informs the states that, “This is to inform you that the exercise is an operational requirement for the Army and has to be carried out in the near vicinity of the army areas. It will be ensured that the exercise will not in any way disturb the traffic as only 1/2 lanes will be used for CHT impressments.”
Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee spent the night at the state secretariat refusing to come out and calling the military presence a “coup”. She took to Twitter to write, “Very unfortunate. Army stationed in front of Nabanno, the Bengal State Secretariat in a high-security zone, in spite of police objection. I am waiting here at the Secretariat and watching to guard our democracy.”
Addressing a hurriedly called press conference at Nabanna (the state secretariat) earlier, Mamata Banerjee said, “We knew the country is undergoing an economic emergency unleashed by demonetisation. But now the states are being hounded by the Centre for not falling in line. Today it’s Bengal, tomorrow it may be Bihar or Uttar Pradesh. Even if the army is used to suppress communal tension or riots, the states are not being informed. Why was the state not informed in this instance?”
Rubbishing Banerjee’s claims of the coup, the government had hinted at her being mentally imbalanced. Meanwhile, Major General Sunil Yadav clarified, “They’re only collecting data of heavy vehicles,this is an annual exercise carried out every year. Similar exercises have also been carried out in Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar from 26th September to 1st October this year.”