Prez should not have said anything in support of new farm laws during Parliament address: TMC

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(Eds: With more inputs) Kolkata, Jan 29 (PTI) The Trinamool Congress on Friday said it was not right on the part of President Ram Nath Kovind to support the new agriculture laws, during his address to the joint session of Parliament, despite knowing well that the farming community had been protesting against the legislations'.

TMC MP Saugata Roy, after a meeting of the party's core committee, stated that the 'President should have also mentioned that the violence at the peasants' rally on Republic Day was a manufactured one'.

'Without disrespecting the President's address, we want to say that when the farming community in the country is up against the farm laws, it was not right on his part to support the laws,' Roy said.

He added that 19 opposition parties, including the TMC, did not attend the joint session addressed by the President.

'That does not mean we do not have respect for the position of the President, but he should have remembered that the farmers' issue is most important. The country's farming community has gone against the central government, as also the Sikhs and Jats who have the highest fighting spirit,' he said.

He said the TMC condemns the central government's refusal to repeal the three farm laws.

Claiming that the saffron party is trying to bring disrepute to the ongoing agitation by infiltrating people into it, the veteran leader said 'the violence on Republic Day was engineered by a man close to the BJP.' Roy said TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee has supported the farmers' stir and their demands, and will continue to do so.

Members of the core committee, including ministers Subrata Mukherjee, Sujit Bose, Sashi Panja and Sadhan Pande attended the meeting at Banerjee's Kalighat residence to discuss the party's strategy for the upcoming assembly elections.

'The chief minister has charted out responsibilities for the party leaders,' he said.

TMC MLAs will have to attend the budget presentation in the assembly on February 5 and February 8, Roy added. PTI AMR RBT RBT