WION Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Dec 03, 2016, 12.50 PM
The governor of the Indian state of West Bengal today virtually disapproved of chief minister Mamata Banerjee's protest on the deployment of army at toll plazas in the state, saying "one should be careful while making allegations against a responsible organisation like the army".
Keshri Nath Tripathi said, "Don't let down the Army. Don't defame the Army," commenting on Trinamool Congress legislators action.
The party had staged a protest outside the state secretariat, saying the exercise was not in coordination with the state police as claimed by the Army.
In response to the governor's statement, Mamata Banerjee said he was speaking in the "voice of the central government".
"The Governor is speaking in the voice of Central Government! He was not in the city for about 8 days," she said in a statement.
"Before making statements, all details should have been checked. It is very unfortunate", she said.
The presence of army personnel at toll plazas had triggered a row with Banerjee questioning if it was an "army coup", drawing a stinging condemnation from the government which said the remark showed her "political frustration".