Objecting to the presence of Army jawans at toll booths, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee camped overnight at her office in the secretariat in Kolkata.
"Is this a military coup?" the Chief Minister asked, alleging that the state government had not been informed. Trinamool Congress will raise the issue in Parliament today.
Indian army rejected her allegations, saying that the a routine exercise was underway in all northeastern states.
Defence Minister Mahohar Parrikar informed in Lok Sabha that the concerned officials in the state of West Bengal were informed by the Army about the routine exercise.
However, Bengal Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Kolkata police commissioner maintained that no contact was made by the Army. Kolkata police added that they had, in fact, refuted the army exercise citing “security” reasons and “traffic”. Banerjee has refused to budge and continues to blame the Army.
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