To counter Cong stir,CM blames Centre for farmers’ woes

Hitting back at her ally Congress on the issue of launching agitation over farmers’ issues,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said it was Centre and not the state government which was responsible for fertilizer prices.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:January 4, 2012 5:45 am

Hitting back at her ally Congress on the issue of launching agitation over farmers’ issues,Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said it was Centre and not the state government which was responsible for fertilizer prices.

Significantly,the Left parties and Congress have held several protests and demonstration programmes in several districts on the rise in fertilizer prices and fall in paddy prices in last few days. Moreover,the Congress has also announced its programme to demonstrate at Metro Channel on Wednesday along with farmers demanding government support price in selling paddy and jute and subsidy for buying fertilizers.

Banerjee said,“Today I had to speak because all these campaigns are false. We never increased the price of fertilizer. In fact it is no more controlled by the state and is centrally controlled. The Centre took the control from the state in 2010. If the former government had desired,they could have stopped the Centre from implementing it.”

She further said she has written to the Centre for subsidy for fertilizer. “The Centre’s decision to withdraw the subsidy was not right,” said Banerjee.

Meanwhile,Pradip Bhattacharya,WBPCC chief,said,“The farmers are in a financial crisis which is leading them to commit suicides. We will not accept it and will demonstrate at Metro channel tomorrow. Thousands of farmers will join us.”

Bhattacharya said the Kolkata Police are trying to create problems for them.

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