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KOLKATA, MARCH 13. Youth Congress activists today blocked the entry of the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, into the city for an hour by holding black flag demonstrations in front of the airport.
Nearly 200 activists, holding placards with anti-Modi slogans, prevented him from coming out of the airport after he disembarked from a special flight in the afternoon, alleging that Mr. Modi's presence would "vitiate West Bengal's secular fabric".
He had come here to attend a debate organised by a city-based national daily.
Security personnel took Modi back to the airport's VVIP lounge after the demonstrators began shouting slogans on seeing him.
Additional force was rushed to the spot and the agitators were pushed back and a safe passage provided for Mr. Modi.
He was put up in a city hotel from where he was expected to go to the venue.
The CPI (M-L) Liberation and the Youth Congress would also hold separate protests outside the venue where Modi is scheduled to attend the function later in the evening. PTI
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