Mumbai: Amidst the farmers’ protests on the Delhi borders against the new agricultural laws, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would loot the farmers and take away their land.
Addressing a public rally in Kalana of Purba Bardhaman, she said, “They (BJP) will loot the farmers and take away their land. Nothing will be left for the farmers. Farmers will sow and harvest their crops and they will all Will ask. Take away something.”
The Chief Minister said, “When (BJP) they come to take your crop, you (the farmer) will not give it to them. Say you will reap the crops and eat food prepared from them too,” the Chief Minister said.
Banerjee claimed that the TMC government in West Bengal gave checks to the farmers and bought grain from them, stating that they would continue to buy grains.
Thousands of farmers have been in a protest for more than two months, demanding the repeal of their reform reforms agricultural laws approved by Parliament in September.
The government had said many times that the farmers’ movement was based on the mistaken belief that lands would be taken away, and corporate agriculture would be captured and MSP would be discontinued.
So far, 11 rounds of talks have not drawn any conclusion between the farmers and the central government representatives.
Farmers have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. Assembly polls are likely to be held in West Bengal in April-May this year