State schemes for farmers better than those given by Centre, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tells PM Modi

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has hit out at Prime Minister Modi saying that state schemes for farmers are far better than those given by the Centre.

Mamata Banerjee’s comments come a day after PM Narendra Modi’s remark that some states were not allowing central government benefits to reach farmers. (Photo: Reuters/India Today)

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark that some states were not allowing central government benefits to reach farmers, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said West Bengal’s “Krishak Bandhu” initiative was far better than that given by the centre.

“We have a separate scheme for farmers, why should we listen to them? ‘Krishak Bandhu’ is a far better scheme. We do not discriminate between farmers. Does the centre think we are bonded labours?” Mamata Banerjee asked.

Accusing the central government of “bulldozing federal structure” in the country, Banerjee said states were not being consulted while taking up such schemes. “I want to request the prime minister, you are the PM of this country, we respect your chairplease try to maintain that. Don’t accuse and abuse us every day!” she said.

“They are trying to disturb our government using central agencies. I know they will do it more and more before the elections. No matter how many agencies are used, people of Bengal will not give them an inch without a fight,” Banerjee said, alleging that “goondas” from outside were being brought to disturb Bengal.

With the BJP is accusing her government of widespread irregularities in distribution of relief material after cyclone Amphan, Banerjee raked up the PM Cares Fund controversy. “What about the lacs of crores in the PM Cares Fund? Why is that not being audited?” Banerjee asked.

Renewing her attack on home minister Amit Shah, Banerjee said, “Country’s home minister can’t protect the border but is busy politicking at a municipal elections. Let him be the municipal commissioner then!”

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