Trinamul, Left and Congress hit streets
Protests against the farm bills enacted by the Narendra Modi government brought the members of the Trinamul Congress and the Left- Congress combine to the streets of Bengal.
Trinamul’s farmers’ wing, which held a slew of protest programmes across the state on Thursday, conducted a dharna before the Gandhi statue on Mayo Road in Calcutta on Friday.
“This anti-people, anti-poor, anti-farmer Fascist government must go. They are trying to break the back of agriculture in India and invite a famine. We will take this fight to the finish,” said Becharam Manna, chief of the farmers’ wing of Mamata Banerjee’s party, Kisaan Khet-Mazdoor Cell.
Trinamul organised demonstrations in several district headquarters on Friday.
The state unit of the Left-backed All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee had targeted 92 points on national highways and 86 points on the state highways as a part of their road blockade programme on Friday. But heavy rain in north Bengal forced the committee to curtail their plans.
The Left parties, along with the Congress, various trade unions and other democratic organisations took out a march from Esplanade to Shyambazar in Calcutta.
Left Front chairman Biman Basu, Left legislature party leader Sujan Chakraborty, the Congress’s Rajya Sabha member Pradip Bhattacharya, leader of the Opposition and Congress veteran Abdul Mannan were part of the rally.
“Farmers all over the country have taken to the streets in protest against the farm bills. The common man is beside the farmer. The fight against the BJP’s anti-farmer legislations has to be fought together,” said Jadavpur MLA Chakraborty.