Mamata considers a rise in commodity prices at the Center and demands an all-party meeting

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the BJP-led central government for ‘skyrocketing’ commodity prices, and urged it to convene a multi-party meeting to find solutions to the current economic problems.

Banerjee also alleged that the Center authorized steep increases in petrol and diesel prices to divert attention from atrocities committed by the saffron party in non-BJP states.

“The Center has no intention of dealing with rising commodity prices. The BJP is responsible for this crisis; it is their homecoming gift after winning the Uttar Pradesh elections” , she told reporters at the State Secretariat.

“Instead of using agencies like the CBI and ED against opposition parties, the Center should convene a multi-party meeting to resolve current economic issues,” the chief minister added.

She also criticized the central government for failing to act against the smuggling of coal and cattle from “states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh” through Bengal to neighboring Bangladesh.

“Why should I have to face trouble about this? Vehicles illegally transporting coal and livestock are coming from other states and passing through Bengal. Why does the Center not care” , Banerjee said.

Commenting on the evacuation of around 17,000 students from war-torn Ukraine, Banerjee said the Union government must clarify the future of their education in India.

As far as Bengal is concerned, I will ask the Medical Council of India to allow us to provide internships for students from the state, who have returned from Ukraine,” she said.

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