Army-Bengal government relation unchanged: Army official

Earlier in the month, Mamata Banerjee had accused the Centre of deploying the Army at toll plazas in the state without informing the state government.

Published: 12th December 2016 04:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2016 04:20 PM   |  A+A-


For representational purpose | PTI


KOLKATA: Notwithstanding West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's complaint about Army exercise at toll gates, a senior Army official today said that its working relationship with the state government had not changed.

"We have good communication at the local level. There has been no change in our working relationship," Eastern Command's Major General Staff, Maj Gen R Nagraj, told reporters here.

Earlier in the month, Banerjee had accused the Centre of deploying the Army at toll plazas in the state without informing the state government and described it as "unprecedented" and "a very serious situation worse than Emergency".

The CM had refused to leave her office in Kolkata till the army men were withdrawn from toll plazas and had asked whether it was an "Army coup", drawing a sharp reaction from the Centre.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had last week written to the chief minister expressing "deep pain" over her allegations and said it can "adversely" impact the morale of the armed forces.

Asked to comment on the allegation of the collection of money by Army personnel, the Major General says that the Army is a powerful organisation and they do not tolerate such incidents.

"There was no such news before us. This is against the ethos of the Indian Army," he said.

On Army's preparedness to tackle challenges from across the border, Nagraj said they are always ready.

"Given the current circumstances all units and formations of the Army are fully alert. We are ready for action and also for lending a helping hand to our fellow citizens," he said.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp