West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee
on Thursday accused the Centre of creating a situation “worse than Emergency” by deploying army personnel at two toll plazas
on a national highway without informing her government.
Talking to reporters at the state secretariat, she alleged army was deployed at two toll plazas
“Army has been deployed at two toll plazas
without informing the state government. This is a very serious situation worse than Emergency,” she said.
“It is an attack on the federal structure. We want to know the details. The chief secretary is writing to the Centre. Given an opportunity, I will talk to the President on the issue. Has Emergency been imposed in the country without declaration?” she asked. “Army is our asset. We are proud of them. We requisition army in times of major disaster or communal flare up.”
Prior to that rate was hiked on October 28 by Rs 1.5 per cylinder on account of hike in commission paid to dealers.
Rates went up by Rs 2.03 per cylinder on October 1 to Rs 427.09.
The government had earlier this month decided to take the diesel route for eliminating subsidies on LPG and kerosene.
Diesel price was deregulated in November 2014 after the previous UPA government effected 50 paise hikes every month to eliminate subsidies.