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The Big U-turn by the Congress Party and Sections of Media on Urjit Patel

On December 10, 2018, RBI Governor Urjit Patel resigned from his post of RBI Governor, citing personal reasons for the same. As soon as the news broke out, the Congress Party and some of the sections of media started attacking the current government for his resignation. However, before you fall into their misleading narrative, here is a story that exposes their hypocrisy on the RBI Governor, Urjit Patal.

Congress Party

Then – Congress Party demanded the resignation of RBI Governor, Urjit Patel blaming him for sacrificing the autonomy of RBI as an institution. Congress workers even went to the extent of mishandling him at the Kolkata Airport after the decision of demonetisation was announced.


Now – The same Congress Party is now attacking the present government for attacking the institution.

Sanjay Jha, Spokesperson, Congress Party

Then – Pathetic state of the RBI. Urjit Patel should either apologise or resign.

Now – After his resignation, India became a banana republic for the Congress Spokesperson.

Shekhar Gupta, Editor-in-chief, The Print

Then- Shekhar Gupta doubted Urjit Patel’s ability to run the RBI.

Now – After Urjit Patel’s resignation, Shekhar Gupta suddenly finds a patriot in him.

Rupa Subramanya, an Economist as per her Twitter handle

Then – She has earlier said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose him to placate the Patel caste in the Gujarat assembly elections.

Now –She is singing peans for the merit of Urjit Patel who has just resigned from the post of RBI Governor. She is now saying that he was the governor probably better than what India deserved.

She further added that India headed into a banana republic terrain.

Shivam Vij, who frequently writes for The Print

Then – He had asked for his resignation calling him the worst ‘RBI Governor’.

Now – After Urjit Patel’s resignation, Shivam Vij finds him a low-key governor. Vij further attacked the Modi Government in its inability to work even with such a guy, who used to keep his head down. This is a clear case of hypocrisy.

Swati Chaturvedi, who frequently writes for The Wire

Then – She had charged Urjit Patel for the slow death of RBI’s institutional credibility and autonomy in the year 2016.

Now – She finds fault with the Modi Government for his resignation.

Rohini Singh, The Wire

Then – Rohini Singh described Urjit Patel as the most incompetent RBI Governor in recent times. According to her, he has done immense damage to the credibility of the RBI.


Now – Rohini Singh is now crying foul over Urjit Patel’s resignation saying that another institution is destroyed!


The above cases clearly expose the hypocrisy of the Congress Party and some of the journalists who are a part of the ecosystem which the Congress Party has nurtured throughout its history. We have explained in one of our earlier articles as to how the Congress Party has maligned the image of the Election Commission of India by fabricating the documents in the apex court. It is, therefore, no surprise that it can do the same to damage the reputation of other institutions as well.