Mon, Feb 20, 2017 | updated 04:47 AM IST

Mamata at secretariat, army still deployed in over dozen of districts: O'Brien

Updated: Dec 02, 2016 10:00 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 2 (ANI): Stating that Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is still staying put at the state secretariat Nabanna to protest against the deployment of the army in the area, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien on Friday said the army personnel were still deployed in over one dozen districts of Bengal.

"The Chief Minister has been in the secretariat over night, and till midnight, about 12.15 a.m., when I got reports that the army personnel were still deployed in over one dozen districts of Bengal," said O'Brien, confirming that Banerjee is still at the secretariat.

"We have full respect for the army, but there are three points: one, the data they are looking for, we are told, is already available; second, are they authorised to go and collect funds from toll plazas; and third, which is completely incorrect, the Eastern Command have put out a tweet saying that this has been coordinated and everybody in the police knows. I have to say this is untrue and false," he added.

Asked that the BJP had accused Mamata that she has lost her mental balance after losing her poll money, O'Brien said "I don't want to lower the dignity of my argument or the dignity of the Trinamool Congress even by responding to obnoxious charges of the BJP."

The Eastern Command of the Indian Army tweeted: "Army conducting routine exercise with full knowledge & coord with WB Police. Speculation of army taking over toll plaza incorrect @adgpi"

"Routine exercise in all NE states. In Assam @ 18 places, Arunanchal@13, WB@19, Manipur@6, Nagaland@5, Meghalaya@5, Tripura & Mizoram@1@adgpi," it further tweeted.

Banerjee on Thursday alleged that the Centre deployed army personnel at two toll plazas, Palsit and Dankuni, on NH 2 without informing the state government.

Describing the act as a "black day", Mamata said this move clearly violates the nation's federal structure.

"Army has been deployed at two toll plazas without informing the state. They are normally deployed during disasters. This is clearly a black day," she said.

"The state was not informed about this development. In a federal structure, the functions of Centre and state are clearly divided. But this act clearly violates our jurisdiction," she added.

According to reports, at least six vehicles of military police were spotted at the toll plaza Vidyasagar Setu, a bridge that connects Kolkata to Howrah.

However, it was later reported to be a mere routine exercise.

Reacting to this, the Chief Minister stated that the permission of the government is needed even if the army was to conduct a mock trial in the state. "Even if the army conducted mock trial, the permission of the state should have been sought," she said.

Mamata said that she would not take this incident lightly as she would approach President Pranab Mukherjee and apprise him of the matter.

"The Chief Secretary is writing to the Centre. I will approach the President regarding deployment of army without our knowledge," she said. (ANI)

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Feb. 20 (ANI): Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao on Sunday stressed on improving the standard of living of the handloom and powerloom weavers and worker and asserted that their pain and suffering should be eradicated.

Full Story >>

Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): The formal celebration of Golden Jubilee Nyokum Yullo, 2017, began on Sunday with inauguration of Golden Jubilee Gate, Art and Craft Gallery, food courts and exhibition stalls.

Full Story >>

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India], Feb.19 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday registered a case against a Chhattisgarh government employee for allegedly seeking 'help in a case against him' by paying bribe through Hawala operators.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Coming down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for drawing a parallel between Hindu and Muslim festivals, the Congress on Sunday asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to take stock of the matter and urged the former to refrain from making such statements which bring 'disrepute' to his post.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to London, with more than 300 people, triggered a major scare when it lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) after getting intercepted by German fighter jets. The flight then had to be escorted by German Air Force fighter planes before it landed.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Sunday said a total of 61.16 percent voter turnout was recorded as voting ended in the third phase of the ongoing assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh. It added that it is expected to cross 63 percent.

Full Story >>

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Hawala operator Jabbar, who was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Delhi in connection with the Bhopal espionage case, has been sent to police remand till February 23.

Full Story >>

BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is 'fraud': Congress

Updated: Feb 19, 2017 22:05 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Ahead of the Brihannmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls in Mumbai, the Congress on Sunday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s alliance with the Shiv Sena is 'fraud'.

Full Story >>

Fatehpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday lambasted the Akhilesh Yadav-led government by drawing a parallel between Hindu and Muslim festivals, accusing the local administration of discrimination on the basis of religion.

Full Story >>

Kohima (Nagaland) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang, amid agitation by tribal bodies, on Sunday decided to step down to make way for a 'consensus leader' to replace him.

Full Story >>

Imphal (Manipur) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday blamed the Manipur Government for the three month long economic blockade and the subsequent failure of tripartite talks, stating that the Congress-led government conspired to divert people's attention from its failures.

Full Story >>

Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): A man was arrested on Sunday for murdering his 68-year-old mother in Khaskandi village of Shimla's Rohru.

Full Story >>

Indore (Madhya Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday said that the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will address most of the problems that are holding back the peace and prosperity in our respective countries.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday expressed condolence at the demise of former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir.

Full Story >>

Bhiwandi (Maharashtra) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): At least four people died and two persons were injured in a major fire that broke out in a factory in Bhiwandi on Sunday afternoon.

Full Story >>

Saifai (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): As the third phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections concluded with 61.16 percent voter turnout, Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav on Sunday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the stone pelting incident during his motorcade that took place in Jaswantnagar city.

Full Story >>

Jalaun, (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Feb. 19 (ANI): Dubbing the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance as 'corrupt', Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday said people were aware of the misdoings of the Akhilesh Yadav-led government and hence, must strive to remove 'Jangalraj' from the state.

Full Story >>

Former CJI Altamas Kabir passes away at 68

Updated: Feb 19, 2017 17:26 IST

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir passed away after a prolonged illness on Sunday at 2.52 p.m.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): A little over 53 percent voter turnout was recorded till 3 p.m. in the third phase of the ongoing assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.

Full Story >>

Raebareli (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Feb. 19 (ANI): At least eight people were killed and three other critically injured after a Bolero car collided with a truck near Janta Bazaar on NH 232.

Full Story >>