Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee demands withdrawal of farm laws, threatens statewide agitation

Demanding an immediate withdrawal of the new farm laws, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday threatened to launch country-wide agitation as she extended support to farmers protesting in Delhi.

“I am very much concerned about farmers, their lives and livelihood. The Centre must withdraw these anti-farmer bills. If they do not do so immediately, we will agitate throughout the state and the country. From the very start, we have been strongly opposing these anti-farmer bills,” Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said.

TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee said she has called a meeting of her party on Friday to discuss the issue.

“We will discuss how the Essential Commodities Act is impacting common people and resulting in skyrocketing prices. The central government must withdraw this anti-people law,” Mamata Banerjee tweeted on Thursday.

Terming the Modi government’s privatisation policy as ‘ill-conceived”, Mamata Banerjee said, “The GOI is selling everything. You cannot sell Railways, Air India, Coal, BSNL, BHEL, banks, defence, etc. Withdraw ill-conceived disinvestment & privatization policy. We must not allow treasures of our nation to be transformed into BJP party’s personal assets.”

Thousands of farmers are staying put at Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh over various demands, including the repeal of the three contentious new legislations. They have expressed apprehension that the laws would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporates.

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