West Bengal tops in potato production and Trhunamool Congress has decided to take advantage of it and get closer to the BJP. TC was always angry with the ruling party. But the potato output has come in handy for Mamta Bannerjee to get friendly with the Centre.
With top output potato became cheaper selling a kilo for Rs 3, which affected the potato market. So far 17 potato farmers had committed suicide.
Mamta asked all States Governments to buy their potato but the response was nil. So she had to seek Central help to impress the RBI for waiving farmers’ loans. It is difficult to convince the RBI on loan waiver. RBI earlier turned down such proposals made AP government. Centre could not help in it.
Now as a last resort Mamta wants Centre to buy the potato in order to help her farmers. The BJP was also planning to oblige Mamta to be in good books with her while buying the product.
In case BJP plan clicks, it could bank on the support of TC in Rajya Sabha, where the ruling party is in minority.