1. West Bengal: Left parties stage protest against Mamata Banerjee government’s anti-farmer policy; cops resort to tear-gas, baton charge

West Bengal: Left parties stage protest against Mamata Banerjee government’s anti-farmer policy; cops resort to tear-gas, baton charge

Left parties today staged a protest in Kolkata against the Mamata Banerjee government over alleged anti-farmer policies.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 22, 2017 3:31 PM
Left parties today staged a protest in Kolkata against the Mamata Banerjee government over alleged anti-farmer policies.

Left parties today staged a protest in Kolkata against the Mamata Banerjee government over alleged anti-farmer policies. Peasants’ organisation affiliated to Left parties led by CPIM leaders tried to march towards state secretariat ‘Nabanna’. As the protest march continued, police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the crowd. Police also lobbed tear gas to tackle the protesters who turned violent.It has been learned that Left parties were protesting over their 18-point list of demands. Left protesters organised ‘Nabanno Abhijan’ demanding fair price for farmer’s produce and maintaining communal harmony, according to ANI report. They also demanded maintaining of democratic rights of people of the state. They said that food security could not be curtailed.

Last month, CM Banerjee had announced that her government will not take revenue for agricultural lands. It was a much need relief for agrarian community in the state.

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Left parties and Trinamool Congress dispensation are at loggerheads over a number of issues. On April 6, the CPI(M) had said the Mamata Banerjee government should hold detailed discussions to tackle “any communal tension” in the state and if needed, convene an all-party meeting. “We demand the state government discuss the matter in detail and if they are unable to handle the situation, they should call an all-party meeting. That was done before in the state and should be done again to counter any sort of communal tension. It is a highly alarming situation,” party state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra was quoted saying by PTI.

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Mishra alleged that the TMC government was “hand in glove” with the RSS as it was not taking any action against it for roping in children in the armed rallies. “Mothers, daughters and children never carried arms publicly in the name of religious processions in Bengal. No religion must promote it. Impermissible,” he said.

Accusing the state government of not taking adequate steps against the RSS training camps and right wing groups operating in the state, Mishra said the politics of polarisation and violence is landing Bengal in an alarming situation. “Everyone is aware of the camps organised by the RSS and the kind of training that is imparted there. The state government, despite several complaints and warnings by our party, did not take any steps to stop it,” he said.

Mishra cautioned the people against rumours and urged them to unite against the politics of polarisation. “We appeal to the people of the state not to get influenced by rumours and unite against the menace of communalism. Meetings and rallies calling for peace and harmony must be conducted throughout the state,” he added.

Mishra appealed to all Left workers to join the rally convened by a section of the civil society on Friday against “the rise of majority communalism and the attack on democratic rights”.

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