‘I also change my chopper’s landing’ : Mamata Banerjee on alternate venue for Amit Shah’s helicopter arrival in West Bengal

Malda, West Bengal: Following Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government denial to the state BJP to land the helicopter of party president Amit Shah at Malda airstrip citing ongoing construction work on the runway, the chopper has been allowed to land at another venue.

The district administration in Malda allowed Shah to use the helipad after refusing to let his helicopter to land there citing safety issues, news agency ANI reported on Monday.

Shah, who was recently treated for swine flu, is scheduled to address a public rally with Bharatiya Janata Party workers from north Bengal on Tuesday in Malda.

“The permission has been given but there are security issues. Police had said (Amit Shah’s) chopper should land at some other place. I also change my chopper’s landing on police request,” the chief minister was quoted as saying by ANI.

“We granted permission for meeting as we believe in democracy. They (BJP) are distorting information and misleading people,” she said.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad earlier accused Banerjee of “abusing her power” to block Shah’s helicopter from landing in Malda and using “falsehood” to deny permission.

“At same helipad, Mamata ji’s helicopter landed a few days ago. Some journalists went there, I have pictures, it is neat & clean. Helicopters are landing and can land. Based on baseless falsehood, by abuse of government power, the helicopter of Amit Shah ji had been denied permission,” Prasad said, according to ANI.

The district administration of Malda had earlier said the permission to land a helicopter on the ground opposite the Hotel Golden Park, where the aircraft of chief minister Banerjee also lands, will not be possible as the airport was being renovated and that construction material was lying on the runway.

Karnataka CM backs Mamata for PM

  • As per reports, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, while expressing his disappointment with the administration of Narendra Modi, heaped praise on his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, saying she is a “good administrator” and has all capabilities of leading the country.
  • The Janata Dal (Secular) leader, however, maintained that leadership was not the pressing issue at hand and the opposition needs to focus on ways and ideas to win the polls.
  • Kumaraswamy, who was part of the Trinamool Congress-led mega opposition rally — United India Rally – held in Kolkata on Saturday, said that Banerjee has the abilities to run the country.
  • “She (Mamata) is simplest of the simple and a very good administrator. I believe that Mamata ji has all the capabilities of leading the country. And she has already proved herself by leading West Bengal for so many years.” he said.

(With inputs from agencies)