New Delhi: A day after the Congress and other opposition political parties held day-long protest against the Centre’s contentious Farm Bills, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the government’s farms laws will devastate farmers of the country, and it will help only hoarders.Also Read - Maharashtra Rains: Red Alert for Six Rain-Hit Districts, Extremely Heavy Showers Expected; NDRF Deployed
She said she will hold a meeting with her state officials to see what can be done to protect the interest of the farmers. Also Read - Maharashtra Rain: 2 Dead in Landslide, PM Modi Reviews Situation With CM Uddhav Thackeray | Top Developments
Addressing an administrative meeting at branch secretariat ‘Uttar Kanya’, Banerjee said she will speak to state officials and take steps to protect the interest of the farmers. Also Read - ‘State Of Super-Emergency’: Mamata Says Pegasus Snoopgate Worse Than Watergate Scandal
“The farm laws will devastate the farmers of the country. It will only help the hoarders. The laws will not serve the interest of the farmers. We will soon convene a meeting of officials to see what can be done to protect the interest of the farmers,” she said.
The opposition parties, including Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, have been protesting against the three farm laws that were enacted by the Central government, alleging these are “anti-farmer measures” and will “destroy” the agriculture sector.
On the other hand, the Centre, however, said that the new laws will free farmers from the clutches of middleman and allow them to sell their products anywhere they want at a remunerative price.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a scathing attack on those opposing the new farm laws, said they wanted only the middlemen to thrive and referred to the burning of a tractor in Delhi by Congress workers as an insult to farmers.
“They are opposing the freedom of farmers and want their problems to continue forever. By torching farming equipment, which the agriculturists worship, these people are now insulting farmers,” he said without naming the Congress.