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BJYM chief Tejasvi Surya opened emergency exit on IndiGo flight: Report

BJP Yuva Morcha (BJYM) chief and Bengaluru South MP, Tejasvi Surya, reportedly opened the emergency exit door on a grounded IndiGo Chennai- Tiruchirapalli flight on December 10, 2022.

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BJP Yuva Morcha (BJYM) chief and Bengaluru South MP, Tejasvi Surya, reportedly opened the emergency exit door on a grounded IndiGo Chennai- Tiruchirapalli flight on December 10, 2022.

According to a report by The Indian Express, sources at the budget airline confirmed that it was indeed Tejasvi Surya, who was travelling with BJP’s Tamil Nadu chief K Annamalai, and had opened the emergency exit while the plane was still grounded.

After media reports, IndiGo had on Tuesday issued a statement, more than a month after the incident.

Late on Tuesday, reports alleging that the passenger in question was Surya, started coming, however IndiGo refused to name the culprit.

“A passenger travelling on Flight 6E 7339 from Chennai to Tiruchirapalli on Dec 10, 2022, accidentally opened the emergency exit during the boarding process. The passenger immediately apologised for the action. As per SOPs, the incident was logged and the aircraft underwent mandatory engineering checks, which led to a delay in the flight’s departure,” the statement from IndiGo read.

Tejasvi Surya and K Annamalai were seated next to the emergency exit door. When the cabin crew were briefing passengers on the safety protocol, the BJYM president reportedly pulled the emergency exit door release lever while the plane was prepping for takeoff, the report by Indian Express said, quoting sources.

This led to the aircraft crew engaging emergency SOP’s as the passengers were deboarded and the craft was thoroughly examined before takeoff was okayed. The flight, which was originally scheduled to depart at 10.05 am, finally took off from Chennai airport at 12.27 pm and arrived at Tiruchirapalli at 1.23 pm.

The report, quoting sources, said that Tejasvi had given a written apology letter to IndiGo but the BJP MP could not be reached for a comment as he was attending the party’s national executive meeting in New Delhi.

“An apology note has a set format, and that was filled and signed by the person after the incident,” the report quoted a source as saying.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) while confirming the incident, had called it a “mistake” and said the aircraft was only cleared for takeoff after proper SOP’s and necessary checks were performed.

 “The event was duly reported. It appears that by mistake, the RH (right hand) emergency exit got opened by a passenger while the aircraft was on ground. The crew took note and resultantly, all appropriate airworthiness action, such as reinstalling of door, pressurisation check etc were carried out before the release of the aircraft for departure. No safety was compromised,” DGCA had said in a statement.

However, the report, while quoting a source at the Airports Authority of India office in Chennai claimed that IndiGo had not informed them about the incident.

“We were not informed when the incident took place, no report was filed in this regard,” an anonymous official was quoted as saying.

DMK leader B T Arasakumar was reportedly also travelling on the same flight and confirmed that the flight was delayed but did not know reason.

 “A few moments before take-off, the air-hostess informed us that there was a technical issue and all passengers had to step out. We were all taken back to the terminal, as engineers and security personnel started inspecting the aircraft,” the report quoted Arasakumar as saying.

Annamalai’s rival and Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister V Senthil Balaji, had alleged on December 29 in a tweet that two people from the BJP “played” with the emergency exit of an aircraft. Balaji on Tuesday, demanded an explanation from the Tamil Nadu BJP president.

On Tuesday, the DGCA had released an official statement, confirming that a passenger onboard IndiGo flight 6E-7339, had opened the emergency exit door on December 10 last year.

Without naming the passenger, the regulator had said a passenger opened the RH emergency exit door by ‘mistake’ while the aircraft was still on the ground.

“However, the crew moved in swiftly and all appropriate action to restore airworthiness such as reinstalling the door, pressurization check was carried out before the flight was cleared for departure. No safety protocol was compromised with,” it added.

‘VIP brats’

The incident landed Tejasvi Surya in the eye of the storm as the Congress lambasted the young MP for such an irresponsible act which could’ve led to fatal consequences for other passengers onboard.

In a tweet, Congress MP Randeep Surjewala called Surya one of the BJP’s ‘VIP brats’ and questioned whether the matter was silenced by the ruling party.

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar also took a dig at Surya tweeting: “For a safe take-off and landing, always fly with Congress.”

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Nagaland Assembly elections: Congress releases first list of 21 candidates

Nagaland Assembly Elections will be held on February 27, and the results will be declared on March 2.

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Nagaland Assembly elections: Congress releases first list of 21 candidates

Ahead of the Nagaland Assembly Elections, Congress announced its first list of 21 candidates on Saturday. The Central Election Committee (CEC), headed by party chief Mallikarjun Kharge, released the list of candidates after a meeting. The party’s state unit chief K Therie will contest elections from Dimapur-I.

In an official notification, the party said, The Central Election Committee of the Congress has selected the candidates for the ensuing elections to the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland.

Among the other candidates on the party’s first list are S Amento Chisti from Dimapur II (ST), V Lasuh from Dimapur III (ST), Akavi Zhimomi from Ghaspani-I, and Rosy Thomas from Tenning (ST).

Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released the list of 20 candidates for the upcoming Nagaland Assembly Elections. BJP state president Temjen Imna Along will contest from the Alongtaki Legislative Assembly constituency.

Here’s the full list of BJP candidates

S No.ConstituencyCandidates
1.Dimapur-1H Tovihoto Ayemi
2.Ghaspani-1 (ST)N Jacob Zhimomi
3.Southern Angami-11 (ST)Er Kropol Vistu
4.Tuli (ST)Panjung Jamir
5.Koridang (ST)lmkong L lmchen
6.Alongtaki (ST)Temjen lmna Along
7.Akuluto (ST)Kazheto Kinimi
8.Atoizu (ST)Kahuli Serna
9.Suruhoto  (ST)H Khehovi
10.Tyui (ST)Yanthungo Patton
11.Wokha (ST)Renbonthung Ezung
12 .Bhandari (ST)Mmhonlumo Kikon
13.Tizit (ST)P Paiwang Konyak
14.Phomching (ST)Konngam Konyak
15.Mon Town (ST)Er Cheong Konyak
16.Longleng (ST)S Pangnyu Phom
17.Longkhim Chare (ST)Sethrongkyu Sangtam
18.Tuensang Sadar-I (ST)Bashangmongba Chang
19.Noklak (ST)H Haiying
20.Seyochung Sitimi (ST)V Kashiho Sangtam

Nagaland Assembly Elections will be held on February 27, and the results will be declared on March 2. The last date for filing nominations is February 7.

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BJP stages protest outside AAP headquarters against Arvind Kejriwal over Delhi liquor scam, workers raise slogans of Kejriwal chor hai

CM Arvind Kejriwal had termed the allegations by the ED as fake and cited that such allegations are happening to topple the elected government.

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Reports have come to light from the National Capital where Bharatiya Janata Party organised a protest outside Aam Aadmi Party’s headquarters over the liquor scam. The BJP demonstrators were demanding resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over allegations of corruption pertaining to the liquor sales policy.

It was also reported that the BJP workers were raising slogans of Arvind Kejriwal chorr hai (Arvind Kejriwal is a thief) as the saffron party continued to demonstrate outside the AAP headquarters.

The protest by the BJP comes after the Delhi Chief Minister had questioned the veracity of the Enforcement Directorate’s claims and dismissed the investigation agency’s allegations. The supplementary chargesheet had named Vijay Nair, Sharath Reddy, Binoy Babu, Abhishek Boinapalli and Amit Arora.

CM Arvind Kejriwal had termed the allegations by the ED as fake and cited that such allegations are happening to topple the elected government. Aam Aadmi Party convener had also stated that the investigation agency doesn’t file cases with the objective to stop corruption, but rather to help BJP poach MLAS.

Following the chargesheet by ED, the BJP slammed the Arvind Keriwal government and said that the chargesheet has acted as a tool to unmask the real face of Delhi Government. Delhi BJP MP Manoj Tiwari had also alleged that the liquor mafia bribed 100 crore Rs to Arvind Kejriwal’s aid acting on the direction of the Delhi CM.

A court on Thursday accepted the supplementary chargesheet against five accused, as well as seven companies in the case of alleged inconsistencies in the Delhi excise policy. The Delhi government had scrapped off the Delhi excise policy last year after the CBI ordered an investigation into the alleged corruption.

The ED has claimed that a sum of Rs 100 crore bribe was also used in the Aam Aam Party’s Goa campaign for the assembly elections.

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Maharashtra Assembly Bypolls 2023: BJP announces candidates for Chinchwad and Kasba Peth

Elections will be held on February 26 and the date of counting of votes has been fixed on March 2.

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Maharashtra Assembly Bypolls 2023: BJP announces candidates for Chinchwad and Kasba Peth

Bhartiya Janata Party has released its list of candidates for Chinchwad and Kasba Peth assembly constituencies in view of the upcoming assembly by-elections 2023 in Maharashtra. BJP has given ticket to Ashwini Laxman Jagtap from Chinchwad and Hemant Narayan Rasne from Kasba Peth.

For the unversed, the Election Commission has changed the date of polling for two assembly seats in Pune district of Maharashtra from February 27 to February 26. The commission was informed that the 12th class and graduation examinations were to be held on the date of polling which was fixed earlier. The commission issued a press release, announcing the change in the date.

Polling date changed

The poll panel issued a press note in January to announce the change and said that the District Election Officer of Pune, Maharashtra has informed about the clash of election dates with the dates of 12th class HSC examination and graduation degree examination to be held at various polling stations in the assembly constituencies where bye-elections are to be held.

After considering the ground situation and all other relevant aspects of the matter, the Commission had decided to revise the date of poll for the bye-election to the Legislative Assembly constituencies 205-Chinchwad and 215-Kasba Peth, Maharashtra.

When will the votes be counted?

It has been said that the date of voting will now be 26 February. At the same time, after the election, the date of counting of votes has been fixed on March 2. Election results will be announced on March 2. And then only the victory and defeat will be decided.

However, elections are to be held in other states of the country as well. The results of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland assembly elections are going to be declared on this date. The election dates and schedule for these two seats were earlier announced by the Election Commission on January 18 along with some other seats.

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