West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (November 9) over the rising prices of cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oil, onions, and potatoes after being removed from the list of essential commodities.

The Kolkata police stepped up vigil in markets across the city to check hoarding of potatoes and onions. At the same time, the officials of the enforcement branch are also inspecting whether there is any illegal stockpile. 

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After conducting several raids, the prices of the commodities did not go down. Meanwhile, BJP leader Sayantan Basu slammed Mamata Banerjee over the price rise of essential commodities.

When the Trinamool party alleged the Centre for the price rise in essential commodities, Sayantan Basu said, “The state government will control the price of vegetables. It is the responsibility of the chief minister and the task force to regulate the prices of the vegetables.”

On the other hand, Trinamool leader Saugat Roy said, “As a result of the new agriculture law, the rights of the state have gone to the Centre. The Centre has to take adequate measures to curb the rise in prices of potatoes and onions. They should immediately launch a campaign in all the states to reduce the price of the essential commodities.”

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In order to check rising prices, Mamata Banerjee has urged the Central government to act immediately and take essential steps to stop hoarding and increase the supply of onion and potatoes.  

Many BJP leaders have slammed Mamata Banerjee for sending the letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.