Mamata leaves secretariat after 36 hours

Kolkata, Dec 2 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee left the secretariat on Friday evening after staying put for 36 hours in protest against the alleged deployment of the army in the state while keeping her government in the dark.

Addressing the media before leaving the seat of power “Nabanna” in neighbouring Howrah district, Banerjee threatened to explore “legal options” if the army was not withdrawn.

“We have never seen such arrogance (by Centre). If Army is not withdrawn we will explore legal options,” she said.

Banerjee said she had great respect for the army, but was “sad” at the manner in which they were being used for “political vendetta”.