After Trinamool Congress, CPI(M), RBI Governor Urjit Patel faces Congress workers protest at Kolkata airport

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New Delhi | Updated: December 15, 2016 8:21:09 PM

Following heated protest by Trinamool Congress (TMC) and CPI (M) party workers in Kolkata, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urjit Patel was, today, heckled by the Congress workers at the Kolkata airport, amid rage over the implementation of the ban on currency notes.

Congress workers raised slogans and showed black flags to the RBI governor, who was later escorted to the airport by CISF. (ANI)Congress workers raised slogans and showed black flags to the RBI governor, who was later escorted to the airport by CISF. (ANI)

Following heated protest by Trinamool Congress (TMC) and CPI (M) party workers in Kolkata, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Urjit Patel was, today, heckled by the Congress workers at the Kolkata airport, amid rage over the implementation of the ban on currency notes. Congress workers raised slogans and showed black flags to the RBI governor, who was later escorted to the airport by CISF.

The RBI governor had, today, attended a RBI central board meeting at its branch in Kolkata, following which Patel also met the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee. With the presence of the RBI governor in the state, CPI(M) and TMC workers, citing public distress following the implementation of the demonetisation policy, staged demonstrations, protesting against Urjit Patel.

However, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed satisfaction after her meeting with Urjit Patel. Speaking of the meeting, Mamata said, “I availed the opportunity to express views of the common people of the country who are facing immense hardships due to demonetisation. The Prime Minister, Parliament, nothing is available. No one is responding. He (Patel) is a direct man.”

The TMC chief also handed over a letter to Patel in which she said, “as the governor of RBI, an autonomous institution with a great history, which issues currencies to the nation, we expect you to stand up against this demonetisation onslaught against the common people of the nation at this moment of crisis, rather than falling silent and remaining opaque”.

“We would also like to know from you the nature of allocation of new currency to each of the states in a spirit of transparency and accountability, since there are serious concerns of political discrimination amongst States,” the letter said.

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