You are here : Home » Today's Newspaper

Today's Newspaper

Modi wants ‘umpire’ EC to probe flight delay

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 | PNS | Bareilly/Rewa
0

Made to wait for hours at the Delhi airport for flight clearance to his helicopter, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday saw a “conspiracy” behind the delay and

demanded that the Election Commission probe the matter.

The three-hour delay upset the schedules of a series of rallies Modi addressed during the day in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.  

Soon after Modi’s outburst against the Centre, the BJP approached the Election Commission (EC) and sought directions to Civil Aviation authorities for early clearances to his flights.

Addressing a rally in Bareilly, Modi said: “I apologise to you for arriving late as you had to sit in this heat. But this delay was not because of me. I was waiting at the Delhi airport from 9.30 am onwards but our helicopter was not being given the permission to fly.”

However, aviation authorities told news agency PTI that Modi’s aircraft did not have the air defence clearances needed to land at the Air Force station in Bareilly. Aviation sources explained that Bareilly airport was under the Indian Air Force and hence all civilian aircraft required air defence clearances, which his aircraft did not have.

They also said that the Ahmedabad-based private charter company had filed the flight plans just minutes before actual take off time, which caused the delay.

Due to this, Air Traffic Control was not clearing the flights as the instruction did not reach them in time for the aircraft to take off on schedule, the sources said.

Addressing another  election rally in Rewa in MP, where he reached nearly four hours behind schedule, Modi said if the UPA Government was so scared of him, it should declare that it would not let him fly during this election.

Modi said that the EC was the “umpire” in the ongoing electoral contest so it should ensure that all political parties are treated the same. “As the EC is the umpire, I request it to find out who conspired to delay my helicopter by three hours. All political parties should have a level playing field,” he said.

Apparently holding the UPA Government responsible for the delays, an angry Modi said that his “helicopter may or may not take-off but the Government at the Centre will definitely be sent packing.” The BJP leader said that he was upset as the delays caused inconvenience to the people who came to his rallies.

 

The BJP urged the EC to launch a probe into the alleged delay in giving flying permission to Modi’s chopper and said that it was the Government’s responsibility to ensure that star campaigners of all parties were not inconvenienced in this way.

The party said that it will be in bad taste if the delay had been deliberately caused to upset Modi’s programme.

 
 
 
Sunday Edition

Helping students focus

20 Jul 2014 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo

I don’t know why my father has forcefully brought me here when he knows that I have no faith in astrology or any other abstract subjects that he subscribes to,” was the opening remark of a young lad brought for counselling. I assured the young man that he will not be offered predictions or a lesson in dos and don’ts...

Read More

STATE EDITIONS

HC issues notice to Congress president

25 Jul 2014 | Bharat Bhushan Padmadeo

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has issued a notice to Congress president Sonia Gandhi in connection with an election petition filed against her after her election to the Lok Sabha for the fourth time from Rae Bareli. Justice Tarun Agarwal issued the notice on an election petition and fixed September 9 as the next date of hearing...

Read More

SOUND BITES

On the site, it is still clear that nothing is happening without the approval of the armed rebels who brought the MH17 plane down.

Australia's Prime Minister | Tony Abbott

The special thing in The Hundred-Foot Journey is that I am acting with Helen Mirren. We fall in love with each other. She is my Smita Patil.

Noted actor | Om Puri

Hamas has demands from here to Vladivostok. We are continuing Operation Protective Edge at full strength, in the air and on the ground.

Israel's Prime Minister | Benjamin Netanyahu
Site Designed and Developed by: Infomedia Web Solutions Page generated in 0.7421 seconds.