Hyderabad: Taking exception to the Trinamool Congress’ “coup” allegation after the army’s presence at toll plazas in West Bengal, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said it is not in national interest to drag the armed force into controversies.
“What is coup ? And then, dragging the army into controversy; it is not in the national interest. It is totally condemnable who ever has done it. Not only Trinamool, unfortunately Congress and others also, without knowing the full truth, they try to make it a big issue and what happened at the end? It has boomeranged on them.
“So, let’s not drag Indian Army, which is the pride of our nation, into these controversies,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.
The presence of the army in West Bengal to which the Trinamool has taken exception was a routine drill and there was nothing new in it, he said.
“It is a routine drill which is to happen every year. This year also it happened in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Manipur and Assam. It happened in Bengal last year. It happened this year also. There is nothing new. There is nothing like deploying army, coup, nothing like that. They are doing a false campaign,” he said.
Presence of army personnel at toll plazas in West Bengal had kicked up a storm with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remaining at the State Secretariat overnight in protest, asking was it an “army coup”.
A false campaign was on over different issues as well, including that there was shortage of salt, that gold would be seized and that emergency would be imposed with army being brought in, Naidu alleged.
“Do not indulge such false campaign about demonetisation also,” he said.
“What is TRP? You (Congress) people are doing it for TRP because you have become irrelevant. People have rejected your bandh call. They have rejected Akrosh rally. You are divided. You do not have arguments to put forth before the country. You are not allowing the House (to function),” he said.
He said the prime minister has taken a bold historic decision against the black money menace which is the need of the hour.
Naidu said the results of recent byelections and local polls have proved BJP’s popularity.
First Published On : Dec 3, 2016 16:22 IST
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