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Mamata Banerjee to Stay Put at Secretariat Till Army is 'Withdrawn' from Toll Plaza


Updated: December 2, 2016, 12:00 AM IST
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Mamata Banerjee to Stay Put at Secretariat Till Army is 'Withdrawn' from Toll Plaza
File photo of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (PTI)

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused to leave the Secretariat on Thursday night unless army personnel deployed at a toll plaza near the building were “withdrawn”.

Also Read: Army at Toll Plazas, Has Emergency Been Imposed, Asks Mamata

“Until and unless the Army stationed in front of Nabanno, the Bengal state govt secretariat, is withdrawn… I will be staying at my Secretariat to guard our democracy,” the Trinamool Congress chief said in a series of tweets.

Earlier in the day, Mamata had accused the Centre of creating a situation "worse than Emergency" by deploying army personnel at toll plazas on a national highway without informing her government.

"Army has been deployed at two toll plazas without informing the state government. This is a very serious situation worse than Emergency," she had said.

"It is an attack on the federal structure. We want to know the details. The Chief Secretary is writing to the Centre. Given an opportunity I will talk to the President on the issue. Has Emergency been imposed in the country without declaration?" she asked.

"I don't know what has actually happened. Even if there is mock-trial, state government is informed," she said. Banerjee claimed people got panicky due to the deployment of army at the toll plazas.

The Army's eastern command said it was a routine exercise being carried out with "full knowledge and coordination" of the West Bengal police.

The CM, however, refuted the claim and said more deployment was being carried out in other parts of the state.

Late on Thursday, Union Minister Babul Supriyo hit back at Mamata.

At the time of filing this report, the army vehicles were being removed from the toll plaza.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: December 1, 2016, 10:46 PM IST
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