New Delhi, December 1: Mamata Banerjee’s life is in danger, stated her party in parliament today after the commercial plane that she travelled with yesterday made an emergency landing.
The Patna-Kolkata flight was reported with short of fuel. However, the plane had to circle in the airport for nearly 30 minutes. When it touched down, the plane was surrounded by fire engines and ambulances, standard protocol for emergencies.
“The plane was about to crash… we want to bring to notice that life of Mamata Banerjee is in danger,” said Sudip Bandyopadhyay from Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress.
Opposition members of Trinamool Congress caused an uproar in Lok Sabha on Thursday,alleging that the plane scare was planned to eliminate the party chief who has been rejecting against the government’s move to scrap high-value banknotes.
According to airport officials in Kolkata, the flight took off from Patna at 7.35pm on Wednesday — an hour behind schedule — and landed in the West Bengal capital shortly before 9 pm after circling over 30 minutes in the sky due to technical reasons.
However, Trinamool members said that the delay and fuel shortage was part of a concerted plan. “This is nothing but a conspiracy to kill our chief minister as she has raised voice against demonetization and is touring the country to organise a mass movement against the anti-people decision,” Bengal minister Firhad Hakim said.
The government rejecting the conspiracy theories said that an inquiry had been ordered into the incident. “The security of Mamata Banerjee and other passengers is of serious concern, we are serious about it,” Union minister Ananth Kumar told Lok Sabha.
But there was no accuracy on whether the flight was low on fuel. According to sources, the plane had a normal landing after being put on hold due to traffic at Kolkata airport.
According to a private airline, the air traffic control in Kolkata had “misinterpreted” the pilot and hence instructed fire-engines and ambulances to be stationed at Kolkata airport.