Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel was today shown black flags at the airport here during a protest by Congress workers against demonetisation.
Police sources said when the RBI Governor arrived at the N S C Bose airport, Congress workers staged a demonstration and showed him black flags.
They also raised slogans “Urjit Patel go back” and “Urjit Patel hai hai”. The security personnel managed to escort the RBI Governor inside the airport.
Earlier in the day, Trinamool Congress and the CPI(M) had staged a demonstration outside the RBI office here where Patel was present during the central board meeting of RBI.
Meanwhile Patel also held meeting with the West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, who has been a vocal critic of demonetisation.
Banerjee told reporters, “I am satisfied with the meeting (with Patel)”. I availed the opportunity to express views of the common man are facing immense hardships due to demonetisation… The prime minister, Parliament, nothing is available. No one is responding. Patel is a direct man,” she said. “RBI is a big institution. We respect it. It should not be politically misused.”
The TMC chief, according to PTI, 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.
The whole country, she said, is going through “unprecedented misery and suffering” due to the “cruel misadventure” of demonetisation which has not been seen in any modern democracy. “You are perhaps aware that already five crore workers across the country and across the sectors are facing unemployment and hunger.
Unorganized sector of the country which provides two-third jobs in the country has literally collapsed,” Banerjee said in the letter.
“The small and medium enterprises are shutting down shops in lakhs. The massive trading sector of the economy has been brought down to its knees due to cash crunch, unable to conduct its business.” The farmers of our nation are going through a trauma never seen before and that too not due to natural calamity but due to a man-made disaster of massive demonetisation. Even the middle and large industries have dropped their production by at least 50 percent,” she added.