Eastern Times: December1, 2020, New Delhi: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday mounted an unsparing attack on the BJP-led Centre over continuing farmer protests in the country. She demanded immediate intervention of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the matter to end the impasse.
She termed the new “Farmer Bills undemocratic, unjustified, unconstitutional and against the rights of the farmers.”
Refusing to respond to how the international community has reacted to the protests by farmers, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remarks, and said, the new bills will encourage corruption and “loot”.
“It calls for great concern for the farmers. They are planning to snatch whatever rights farmers have. Where will the farmers go? Look around, the prices of potatoes and onion are now soaring. Tomorrow they will snatch the crops from farmland. Why is BJP doing this?
Why are they not more concerned about the nation’s economy, why aren’t they more concerned about COVID-19 vaccine? Why this torture on farmers?
They are treating states like bonded labour. No other political party had supported the bill, yet they passed it. Just because they have 300 MPs doesn’t mean they can bulldoze the nation. Rajiv Gandhi had 400 MPs, yet he didn’t behave like this, he heard the people, unlike this government. Could Atal Ji had done this bill or supported the bill had he been alive.
Leave farmers issue in the hands of farmers, why this interference, Banerjee said on Tuesday.
She slammed Union home minister Amit Shah for indulging in political activity while farmers are suffering and asking to be heard and asked, if BJP is compromising with the interest of the nation. Taking a dig at Shah she said, “is he the home minister of the country?
He is busy conducting municipal polls. If he is keen on municipal polls, then he should be made a municipal commissioner. If he is keen on a state then he should be made chief minister of a state but if he is the home minister he should behave like one,” said Mamata Banerjee.