Saturday, March 13, 2021

Mamata offered to be exchanged for IC 814 hostages during Kandhar crisis, claims Yashwant Sinha

Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who has joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) ahead of the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections, on Saturday claimed that Mamata Banerjee had offered herself to be taken as hostage in exchange for passengers of the hijacked IC 814 plane in Kandahar in 1999.

Indian Airlines Flight 814, or IC 814 was hijacked and taken to Afghanistan's Kandahar by Pakistan-backed hijackers in 1999.

Recalling his days with her as a colleague, the former senior BJP leader said the Trinamool chief has been a 'fighter' right from the beginning.

Addressing a press conference after joining the TMC, Yashwant Sinha said, "Mamata Banerjee wanted to offer herself as a hostage in exchange for passengers of the hijacked plane in Kandahar incident for the country."

India had to release three terrorists, including Masood Azhar to ensure the hostages' release. Sinha was the union finance minister at the time under the leadership of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The 83-year-old further said that the recent attack on Banerjee in Nandigram served as the 'tipping point' behind his decision to join the TMC.

13/03/21 ANI/DNA

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