In Lok Sabha, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said the

In Lok Sabha, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said the

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In Lok Sabha, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister said the
House prays for the well being of the West Bengal Chief Minister and all other passengers who were in the flight.
Kumar said life and safety of Banerjee was paramount and the incident was a matter of concern and security of Banerjee and other passengers is the responsibility of the government.
In Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien (TMC) tried to raise the issue no sooner had the House assembled for the day, saying Banerjee was flying from Patna to Kolkata on an IndiGo flight which normally takes an hour to reach.
About 200 km from Kolkata, the ATC informed that the flight was 8th in landing sequence but the pilot relayed a message that it was low on fuel and should be allowed to give priority landing, he said.
Despite the warning, the flight was made to hover over the Kolkata airport for at least 15 minutes and by some count 30 minutes, he said adding besides Banerjee, there were 100 other passengers on the flight whose life was put to danger.
“Today it is one opposition leader… this opposition leader is at the forefront (of anti-demonetisation campaign),” he said, adding questions are being raised if it is a conspiracy to eliminate opposition leaders.
Stating that the flight landed under full emergency conditions, he asked why was the pilot denied permission to land. “I am not insinuating anything but there is a school of thought which believes it may be a conspiracy.” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said just when the IndiGo flight called in to report low fuel, two other planes of Air India and SpiceJet also did the same.
“Air safety of all passengers is of utmost importance to us… we did everything possible that every flight landed safely,” he said, adding “passenger security is of utmost importance and we are doing the best and no one should have any doubt on it.”
He said DGCA has specific standards for low fuel and priority landing and all procedures were fully followed.
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