Do the political leaders know the meaning of 'coup'?The Eastern Command of Indian Army had been carrying out a survey to determine the time to be taken to re-quisition heavy trucks and other transport vehicles for mobilising troop, in case of emergency (read war). This is a routine exercise carried out by the Army every year to check and assess logistical preparedness. The survey was conducted in all states for which the Eastern Command has been responsible. Permission was sought and taken in respect of survey in 19 toll blocks of 19 districts of West Bengal (like other states involved). In most toll blocks, the Army was working with perfect co-ordination with the State Police.
The Chief Minister of West Bengal was however waiting for an opportunity. A day before, she was rudely rebuffed by the Bihar Chief Minister in her effort to mobilise opposition parties against the Prime Minister on the issue of demonetisation. Promptly, she alleged that there was an attempt on her life when her plane had to wait for 14 minutes to get landing permission at Kolkata Airport while returning from Patna. She did not get much attention and space, so she attacked the Army!
Mamata alleged that the Eastern Command of the Army started a coup against her! At the same time, she also alleged that Army personnel are collecting money from the truck-drivers! Eastern Command promptly released the copy of letters seeking permission for the exercise.
In this connection, I am curious to know:-
(a) Do the political leaders of India know the meaning of 'coup'? Is there any 'coup' initiated against the provincial government in any country?
(b) If soldiers are engaged in a coup, do they have time to collect money from the truck-drivers?