INDIA. Kolkata: In a recent political fiasco between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Center, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government passed a resolution demanding the withdrawal of the farm laws enacted by the Center in the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Thursday. As soon as the TMC government tabled the resolution, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) MLAs rushed to the Well of the House to protest and later walked out with the chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
Banerjee announced that the Prime Minister should convene an all-party meeting to repeal the farm laws. She also said that the government should either do that or step down from power.
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In a response to Banerjee, legislative party leader of the BJP MLAs, Manoj Tigga accused the TMC government of branding a “misinformation campaign” against the laws.
However, in the Assembly Banerjee claimed that the BJP pushed the farm laws in Parliament using “brute strength.” Amid the protest by BJP MLAs, the Chief Minister said that the BJP always maligns every agitation as terrorist activity and that the laws are totally anti-farmer. On behalf of the TMC government, she also added that they would not accept farmers being branded as traitors.
The Chief Minister defended the farmers for being the assets of the nation while lashing out at the BJP-led government for being “insensitive” to farmers’ protest. She also condemned the violence with regards to the tractor parade on Republic Day. She accused the Delhi Police of mishandling the situation which resulted in havoc. “Delhi Police is to be blamed for that. What was the Delhi Police doing? It was a complete intelligence failure,” said Banerjee.
Mamata requested Congress and the Left Front to overlook their ideological differences and join hands to support the farmers. Besides West Bengal, five non-ruled-BJP states — Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Kerala, Rajasthan, and Delhi have passed similar resolutions in their respective Assemblies against the contentious agricultural bills.