Modi’s controversial ride

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Opposition flays PM’s lavish sea-plane ride; some question safety violations

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ride in a sea-plane from Ahmedabad to Mehsana on Tuesday turned into a political controversy as Congress leaders took pot-shots at this event saying PM was exhibiting his lavish lifestyle while the farmers and small traders of Gujarat were suffering. The BJP tried to pitch the sea-plane as an example of development being brought to Gujarat, however, the whole exercise created controversies as some leaders even questioned safety violations.  

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted the picture of PM Modi riding in the sea-plane alleging PM was enjoying  a lavish ride while the people of Gujarat suffered because of many problems. National Conference leader Omar Abdulla tweeted concern about PM’s safety asking ‘how an SPG protected VIP could ride in a single engine aircraft, which is against the protocol’.

PM Modi flew in a sea-plane from the Sabarmati River here to Dharoi Dam in Mehsana on the last day of campaigning for the polls. Modi boarded the sea-plane from near the Sardar Bridge connecting the old city with Ahmedabad West, the first-ever flight by such a craft in country.

A special jetty was constructed to facilitate the prime minister’s boarding from the river. The plane took off from the Sardar Bridge-end amid chants of ‘Modi-Modi’ from BJP workers, who flocked the Sabarmati Riverfront to witness this one-of-a-kind event. The plane landed at Dharoi Dam reservoir in Mehsana.
From Dharoi, the prime minister proceeded to Ambaji Temple in Banaskantha district via road. After visiting the temple, he would return to Ahmedabad by the sea-plane in the evening.
Modi had on Monday said at a poll rally that on Tuesday, for the first time in the history of the country, a sea-plane will land on the Sabarmati river.

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