Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Tuesday that the claims of opposition leader Sukhbir Singh Badal will be investigated. No information has been given by the airlines about Bhagwant Mann being drunk in this case.
Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia (file photo).
Was Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann really off the plane in Frankfurt? This question is arising in everyone’s mind today. Opposition leaders termed it a shameful incident but no official information was revealed. Mann is alleged to have been taken off the plane by Lufthansa Airlines, stating that he was unfit to travel due to excessive intoxication.
It is alleged that on September 17, Bhagwant Mann was allegedly dropped from a Lufthansa Airlines plane at Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Leaders of opposition parties Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal allege that the passengers of the plane told that they were intoxicated, due to which the flight was delayed by four hours. According to the Lufthansa website, the plane was scheduled to leave Frankfurt at 1.40 pm on Saturday. The plane was to land in Delhi at 12:55 pm but the plane was delayed by four hours at 5:52 pm and landed in Delhi at 4:30 am on Monday.
Jyotiraditya Scindia will investigate
Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Tuesday that the claims of opposition leader Sukhbir Singh Badal will be investigated. The allegations state that Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann was deboarded by German airline Lufthansa in Frankfurt because he was intoxicated. Scindia said that this matter is of foreign territory. We will have to double-check the information. We rely on Lufthansa to provide the information. I will look into it based on the request given to me.
Airlines did not give any information
However, no information has been given by the airlines about Bhagwant Mann being drunk in this case. And due to technical reasons, the reason for the delay in the flight of the aircraft has been given. Bhagwant Mann was on an eight-day official visit to Germany for an ongoing investment summit and a delegation of senior government officials with the intention of meeting executives of large multinational companies there and bringing investments to Punjab.
Opposition accuses Mann
The opposition alleges that Bhagwant Mann missed his flight due to being intoxicated and he could not even attend the Aam Aadmi Party’s public representatives conference held in Delhi on 18 September. After this he was added to this program through video conference. However, a clarification has also been issued by the Aam Aadmi Party on this whole matter. In Punjab, Aam Aadmi Party’s chief spokesperson Malvinder Singh Kang said that opposition parties are spreading lies to defame AAP. Lufthansa airline has denied the news about Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and called it a lie. Kang targeted the Congress and the Akali Dal and said that SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal and Congress Leader of Opposition Partap Singh Bajwa should tender an unconditional apology for maligning Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s image and leveling false allegations against him.
Kang said that it is highly condemnable that the opposition leaders made false allegations with the intention of defaming the Chief Minister without verifying the facts. He said Lufthansa Airlines has clarified that the flight from Frankfurt to Delhi took off slightly behind schedule due to delay and a change of flight. Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia on the alleged reports of Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann being dropped from a flight in Germany due to intoxication said that he too got a phone call from Frankfurt and informed that Punjab Chief Minister Being intoxicated, he was taken off the flight. Majithia said that this visit of Punjab CM and his delegation to Germany was such that the reason for the progress of Punjab’s name has deteriorated.