Rahul Gandhi tweets engine trouble on special flight to Patna, election programmes delayed

FE Online

Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s special flight to Patna was forced to return to Delhi on Friday after the engine of his plane developed a technical glitch. Rahul tweeted that his election rallies in Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra will be delayed due to this and apologised for the incovenience.

The Congress president was slated to address three elections rallies in Samastipur of Bihar, Balasore of Odisha and Sangamner of Maharashtra today. He also apologised to the people of these cities for the unwanted delay.

“Engine trouble on our flight to Patna today! We ve been forced to return to Delhi. Today s meetings in Samastipur (Bihar), Balasore (Orissa) & Sangamner (Maharashtra) will run late. Apologies for the inconvenience,” he tweeted along with a video of the cockpit and the cabin of flight.

Rahul Gandhi has been leading the Congress’ campaign from the front. While in Bihar and Maharashtra, his party is contesting elections in an agreement with regional parties, the party is going solo in Odisha.

Rahul had a brush with aircraft trouble during the Karnataka Assembly polls last year when Rahul’s flight developed a technical glitch while he was on his way to Hubbali from Delhi. His aircraft developed a snag mid-air and landed safely. The Congress had then claimed a conspiracy and filed a complaint. Rahul was flying in a super luxury 10-seater Dassault Falcon 2000 aircraft when the incident occurred.

In his election rallies, Rahul has been highlighting the NYAY scheme announced by him under which he has promised that the Congress, if voted to power, will give Rs 72,000 to nearly 5 crore family every year. The Congress president is also attacking PM Modi over Rafale deal and poor condition of farmers saying “no farmer in the country will ever go to jail over non repayment of loan if his party is voted to power”.

The seven-phase Lok Sabha polls begun on April 11 and culminate on May 19. Results will be declared on May 23.