House session on farm laws
The Mamata Banerjee government has convened a special session of the Bengal Assembly on January 27 and 28 to get a resolution passed against the controversial farm laws enacted by the Narendra Modi dispensation at the Centre.
Bengal parliamentary affairs minister Partha Chatterjee, who is also Trinamul Congress secretary-general, on Friday urged the Congress and the Left to endorse the Assembly motion in solidarity with the agitating farmers.
He said the special session would also have a discussion on the goods and services tax (GST), in which the state wanted a five per cent hike.
“The special session, in keeping with chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s public announcement, will include a resolution against the central farm laws,” said Chatterjee. Both the Congress and the Left, in an alliance for Bengal, had demanded such an exercise, especially after the Kerala Assembly had passed a similar resolution.
Chatterjee said he would send a letter to both the legislature parties of the Left and the Congress, asking for their support for the resolution.
“We believe they would support the issue as it is for farmers and they have also been on the same page,” said the minister.
Mamata had on Monday said at a news conference that her government would soon convene a session for the resolution against the farm laws.
Several Assemblies have so far passed such resolutions.
Farmers have been protesting at borders Delhi since November 26 against the three newly laws. Several rounds of dialogue with the Centre have failed to yield a breakthrough.
The Trinamul chief has been firmly supportive of the movement and has repeatedly been reaching out to the agitating farmers, seeing in the core issue an opportunity to push the BJP on the back foot with months remaining for the Assembly polls.
“She senses the possibility of a historic retreat by the BJP, in this case. Which, she believes, would be pivotal in not only national politics but also Bengal,” said a Trinamul MP.
Sources in the ruling dispensation said the exercise in the Assembly would be carried out in a bid to politically corner the BJP in the state over the issue.