India is at a risk of civil war: Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee


KOLKATA: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee escalated her eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with the Narendra Modi government on Thursday , accusing it of trying to intimidate the state by stationing Army trucks on national highways and at toll posts and raising the spectre of a "civil war".

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Banerjee dug her heels in, saying she would not leave Nabanna, the Bengal secretariat, till the Army trucks moved off the road, even as several of these trucks stayed at the toll post on Vidyasagar Setu, less than a kilometre from the CM's office, around 11pm.

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Army spokespersons denied there was anything sinister in this and explained it as an annual three-day exercise held by the Eastern Command to get statistical data on trucks that might need to be requisitioned during a contingency.

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