WB should protect farmers’ interest: Brinda

CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat slammed the Mamata Banerjee govt in West Bengal for being "indifferent" to the problems of farmers.

Updated: Jan 29, 2012, 18:17 PM IST

Ranchi: CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat
today slammed the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal
for being "indifferent" to the problems of farmers and
demanded they be given them adequate support price to sell
their paddy.

"For the first time in 34 years, there are reports of
suicide by farmers in Burdwan district of West Bengal.
Trinamool Congress government has not set up grain purchase
kiosks for farmers, which has forced them to sell grains at
very low price," Karat told a press conference here.
"Trinamool Congress came to power with the plank of Maa,
Mati and Manush. But Manush (farmers) are committing suicide
on their Mati (land)," Karat said, referring to reported
suicide by farmers in Bengal.

Alleging that 446 CPI (M) cadres had been killed since
2009 in Bengal, the Left leader said "we would endure their
atrocities against us, but the West Bengal government should
protect farmers` interest by setting up adequate paddy
purchase centres."