Monday, January 21, 2019

BJP rally in WB: Amit Shah’s helicopter to finally land at Malda airport after hiccups in approval

Malda: The political tussle between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal has taken fresh turns after a controversy erupted surrounding BJP president Amit Shah’s rally that is scheduled to be held in West Bengal’s Malda district on Tuesday.

The Malda additional district magistrate had in a letter dated January 18 written back to the BJP over a request to land chopper at Malda airport on January 20 and said that the airport was not safe for landing a helicopter. “The upgradation work at Malda airport is going on… Sand and other construction material are lying around... The airport not suitable for safe landing of helicopters… It is not possible to allow permission,” an ANI report said.
In response, the BJP’s general secretary for Malda wrote to the District Magistrate and alleged that the airport was being used by the state government. “The Malda airport is being used by the West Bengal government for landing their helicopter every Wednesday… If you say that the airport is not suitable for safe landing, why are you allowing helicopters of the state govt?”

As a result, the Malda district administration granted BJP the permission to land its helicopter when Shah arrives for the rally on January 22 at a ground that’s bang opposite to where the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lands her chopper.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad fumed at the development and said that he has proof to back claims that the airport is functional.