Saturday, August 21, 2021

BJP workers and IndiGo officials come to blows in Madhya Pradesh at launch of new flight

Bengaluru: A scuffle broke out between Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers and officials of IndiGo at the Dumna Airport in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur Friday during the launch of a new flight route by the airline.

A video shared by journalist Tarun Shukla on Twitter showed that the party workers and the airline’s representatives came to blows at the launch, forcing police officers at the airport to intervene.

According to a News18 report, the uproar was caused because of the inadequate arrangements at the airport, including lack of drinking water and chairs.

The report noted that G.S. Thakur, president of the BJP’s Jabalpur wing, and vice-president Jai Sachdeva took offence at the lack of arrangements and the situation escalated when they took it up with IndiGo officials. Videos of the incident have since gone viral on social media.

The BJP leaders had gathered at the airport for the launch of a new IndiGo flight on the Jabalpur-Delhi route, which was flagged off by Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan after the scuffle.

“It gives me immense pleasure to announce that in the last 35 days we have commenced operations of 44 new flights in Madhya Pradesh, out of which 26 aircraft movements have been attributed solely to Jabalpur,” said Scindia, at the launch.

20/08/21 Angana Chakrabarti/Print

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