Urjit Patel manhandled, shown black flags by Congress in Kolkata
The protests began when Urjit reached the airport at 6 pm to board flight from Kolkata, said reports. He met the Chief Minister at the government secretariat during afternoon, according to sources.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Urjit Patel was manhandled at Kolkata airport on Thursday evening by Congress members.
Urjit Patel was received with “go back Urjit” slogans when he arrived at the N S C Bose airport to attend a board meeting at the central bank’s regional office in city.
NDTV reported that Urjit’s security personnels managed to pull him away from the angry mob and led to him to airport safely. To add, further insult to the RBI Governor, Trinamool Congress members held huge protests in front of the RBI building. Left party members also protested against the RBI chief, added media reports reaching from the West Bengal capital.
The protests began when Urjit reached the airport at 6 pm to board flight from Kolkata, said reports. He met the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the government secretariat during afternoon, according to sources. Sources confirmed that Mamata communicated to him about her displeasure on the demonetisation drive.
"He was silent most of the time ....but I got an opportunity to tell him what people are feeling," Mamata later told the media after Urjit left the city. "The RBI is an autonomous body and should not be used for misused for politics, " she added.
The Chief Minister also said that , "The double dhamaka of demonetisation has put GST in cold storage." Mamata has become one of the most staunch critics of the note ban, after the Prime Minister Modi announced the decision in Parliament.
Media reported that the RBI chief left saying only four words, “The meeting was good.” TMC MP, Sudip Bandyopadhyay when asked about the incident said, “Why this hide & seek game and desperate attempt to face the media?”.
Sources, said the trip was Patel's first-ever visit to the city and his first ever meeting with a chief minister.
The RBI said, that Patel also skipped the traditional media briefing session soon after the meeting got over.