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Bad politics by Mamata Banerjee at the cost of Indian Army cannot be permitted
It is ok if Mamta Banerjee, the CM of West Bengal who stands isolated in her foolish demand of roll back of demonetisation and wants to regain her central stage position, but if for this if she stoops so low that as a CM she takes recourse to lies and blames a routine exercise by the Indian Army as coup, then things become serious and she cannot be allowed to get away with this.
This will be the only case in the world where a CM of a state in a democratic country is living under such delusion that the Indian Army without the weapons will do a coup that also against a state CM. Coups are done against the central authority and not against some piddly State. She has made Indian democracy laughing stock of the world. It is shocking that people are electing such leaders and they are becoming CMs of States.

On December 2, 2016, the Army was doing routine exercise after duly informing the State police in West Bengal as also other NE States. 9 letters are produced by the Army as official evidence where even the Principal Secretary (Home) of West Bengal was informed.

The Army wanted to conduct this exercise on Nov 28 & 29 but it was the State police which suggested the date as Dec 2 due to the bandh call on Nov 28. This is a routine exercise of data collection of heavy vehicles in each state which takes place every year. This is very necessary because if the Army has to deploy at a short notice due to threats from China or Pakistan the locally available heavy vehicles are needed to take the heavy stuff to border since the Army's own vehicles are never enough.

This yearly exercise ensures that the Army always have the latest data and names of owners. This exercise was being conducted at 19 toll points in West Bengal along with other NE states. The troops conducting this exercise were not carrying weapons. One of this toll plazas was near the secretariat of West Bengal where Mamata Banerjee saw this happening and she in her limited capability probably thought she can use this for her low level politics.

Mamata Banerjee immediately decided to sit on dharna within the secretariat only and blamed the Army for a planned coup. She also blamed the Army for collecting money from the people. First time it has happened in 70 year old history of India that a Chief Minister has blamed the Army for a coup that also without arms? A military coup with sticks?

She has gone to the dirty limits of blaming the Army for even looting money. In all the wars fought by the Indian Army even in an enemy country nobody has ever blamed the Army for loot. However in India, a chief minister is falsely blaming the Army for looting people just for politics? It is dirty politics to the limit which only likes of Mamta Banerjee could play.

How do you expect this Army to help people as it does selflessly in natural calamities if India has politicians of Mamata Banerjee calibre? The Army authorities have vehemently denied this charge of loot. Besides, only Mamta Banerjee has this complaint whereas this exercise had been held across length and breadth of India on yearly basis for ages.

The central government has rightly advised politicians not to involve Army in their political games. The matter should not rest here. As the Army on its own cannot take any action, the veterans association of the Armed Forces must file a petition against Mamata Banerjee in the Supreme Court for bringing down the prestige of the Army and hurting the feelings of the Armed Forces community.

She must be forced to face the music. If it is not done now it will not be long when other politicians will follow the suit. Prevention is better than cure.

Also, what is important is that the 9 letters produced by the Army are duly received and replied by the police and home department of West Bengal. This police and home department denied that they had any prior information of this exercise. Now, their lies stand exposed. Surely no government can be run this way. These police and IAS Babus must be suitably punished after the Army produced these letters. If no action is taken by the State government then help of the court of law should be taken.

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