Tuesday, October 13, 2020

It’s flying time for netas as poll dates inch closer

Patna: The wheezing flying machine has started piercing the silence as some BJP leaders on Monday used helicopters to reach different destinations in the poll-bound Bihar.

However, not many helicopters would be seen flying this election because of restrictions on the traditional mode of electioneering due to coronavirus. But several parties have hired helicopters after the Election Commission (EC) allowed small rallies and gatherings for campaigning.

As electioneering gains momentum, political parties are in talks with the private aviation companies to hire choppers for the star campaigners. Use of flying machine in elections is convenient for the politicians to cover several constituencies in rural areas per day.

Devendra Kumar, Patna incharge of Aurea Aviation Pvt Ltd, said on Monday that BJP has hired six helicopters while Congress and RJD one each. “On Monday, three helicopters hired by the BJP took off for Jamui, Jhanjharpur and Bettiah. Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi along with other leaders such as Samrat Choudhary and Shailendra Prasad, left for Jhanjharpur on the twin-engined MD 900 helicopter around 11am,” he said.

According to the officials at Patna airport, BJP state president Sanjay Jaiswal, along with MP Radha Mohan Singh, former MP Janak Ram and Yuvraj Singh, left Patna on the Augusta 109 chopper to cover Bettiah constituencies. BJP senior Bhupender Yadav flew to Jamui with his close aides on Augusta 109 for electioneering.

Devendra said the other parties would also book the helicopter for electioneering in the next few days. “VIP and JAP-L have contacted the private aviation companies to hire helicopters,” he added.

13/10/20 Times of India

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