West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the Centre for the increase in price of potatoes and onions in the state. Mamata Banerjee said she will write to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to restore the states' power to control prices of essential food items like potato and onion, which have skyrocketed, or the Centre should take control of the pricing itself.

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Hitting out at Amit Shah, who is on a two-day visit in West Bengal to check the poll preparedness ahead of the 2021 state polls, Mamata Banerjee said, “You will uproot Mamata Banerjee government. Who will uproot you for such an increase in the prices of potatoes and onions? You have to see what people will eat. There is a pandemic going on in the market too.”

“It's a very worrisome situation that the central government has totally failed in controlling the price of potatoes and onions. It is also not letting the state government take control of the price of these items which has resulted in steep price rise,” she added.

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The chief minister said that the price of potatoes and onions are rising at a time when people have lost their jobs amid the economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mamata Banerjee asked chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay to conduct a survey by a combined team of the enforcement and the agricultural departments to keep a check on any wrongdoings in the increase in prices of the two food commodities. At the same time, the chief minister has advised the police administration to monitor the border area.