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Congress to gherao four RBI offices on Jan 18 against note ban

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

today demanded the resignation of RBI Governor Urjit Patel over the apex bank's "loss of autonomy" and said the party will gherao RBI offices in Mumbai, Nagpur, and on January 18 over the issue of

president and former state Chief Minister, Ashok Chavan, will lead the protest in Mumbai, while the Leader of Opposition in legislative Assembly, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil, will participate in


Former Chief Ministers and will take part in the protests in and respectively, it was decided at a party meeting here today.

"Similarly, the party has also planned to hold a state-level convention in on January 29 over the issue of demonetisation," former union Home minister and senior leader said here today.

Ashok Chavan, who was also present at the press conference, demanded Urjit Patel's resignation.

"The RBI has lost its autonomous status under the Narendra Modi government...was a one man decision. Therefore, we demand the resignation of Urjit Patel," Shinde alleged.

"Even today, citizens cannot withdraw cash from the accounts," he claimed, adding that the was with the citizens, who are facing hardships due to the note ban," he added.

The two leaders were talking to reporters after a meeting of the state-level committee formed to hold protests over the issue.

Chavan alleged that the Centre's interference in the functioning of RBI has increased.

Responding to questions on the possibility of alliance between and NCP for the upcoming Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) polls, he said the tie-up cannot materialise since the unit of the party is against it and the NCP has already announced a list of 45 candidates.

Chavan also alleged that the MIM has got a "contract" from BJP to contest the civic polls.

"If there is a proposal for alliance with NCP from the district units, approval would be given for it," Chavan added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, January 16 2017. 17:42 IST
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