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Mamata Banerjee calls for united protests by Opposition parties against Agriculture bills

Mamata Banerjee. File  

Calling for an united protest by all Opposition parties against two Agriculture Bills, West Bengal Chief Minister on Monday announced a state wide protest against the legislation.

 

“ From our party we express full support to the protest in Delhi which is organised by different Opposition parties. From tomorrow we will launch a sustained protest in the State against the agrculture Bills. I will appeal to everyone in the country to protest against this development,” she said addressing a press conference at the State’s Secretariat.

 

The Chief Minister announced that Trinamool Congress women’s wing will hold a protest on Tuesday in front of Gandhi Statue on Mayo Road, followed by protests by students on Wednesday at the same venue and the party's farmer’s association on Thursday.

 

“Today all political parties in the Opposition have come together on the issue of farmers and tomorrow we will on the issue of workers,” she said. Ms Banerjee said that her party is willing to stand in the last row in the united fight against the Centre on issues relating to farmers and workers.

 

“Why all the powers of the State government being usurped by the Centre. The Centre is elected and the State governments are also elected,” she asked. Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) of running a "fascist government" at the Centre Ms Banerjee said that if anyone is protesting against the Centre then cases of riots are slapped against them. Referring to leaders like CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and Swaraj party leader Yogendra Yadav who have recently been linked to Delhi riots Ms Banerjee said that she might have differences with such parties but the Centre cannot put cases against leaders for opposing its policies.

 

Ms Banerjee also spoke to the suspended MPs from different political parties who were protesting in the Parliament against the development. Earlier in the day describing the suspension of eight MPS in Rajya Sabha as unfortunate Ms Banerjee said that the development was “reflective of this autocratic Govt’s mindset that doesn’t respect democratic norms & principles”.

 

“ We won't bow down & we'll fight this fascist Govt in Parliament & on the streets. #BJPKilledDemocracy,” she said on social media. Ms Banerjee also added that the MPs were fighting to protect the interest of farmers.

 

Eight MPs of the Opposition parties including two from Trinamool Congress Derek O’Brien and Dola Sen were suspended from Upper House on Monday for their "unparliamentary behaviour" in the upper House on Sunday, during the passage of two agri-Bills.

 

 Trinamool Congress youth wing president and MP Abhishek Banerjee said what happened in Rajya Sabha “is an absolute contempt of Parliamentary proceedings”.

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