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Akhilesh Yadav’s Delhi to increase helicopter delay due to air traffic: airport official

Akhilesh Yadav claimed his helicopter was stopped at Delhi airport for no reason

New Delhi:

Reacting to allegations by Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav, the Delhi airport official said on Friday that his helicopter to Muzaffarnagar was delayed due to heavy air traffic.

“Akhilesh Yadav’s helicopter was not cleared by Air Traffic Control (ATC) to fly initially due to heavy air traffic. After clearance, the helicopter had less fuel. After doing full, the helicopter flew to the intended location,” said a Delhi airport official.

Akhilesh Yadav alleged that his helicopter was stopped at Delhi airport without any reason. Akhilesh Yadav reached Delhi by commercial flight from Lucknow and had to travel by helicopter to attend a joint press conference with Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Choudhary en route to Muzaffarnagar from Delhi.

The SP leader alleged that his helicopter was not allowed to fly from Delhi to Muzaffarnagar because the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was “disappointed”. Akhilesh also claimed that a BJP leader was allowed to take off from the same airport while he was arrested.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Yadav said: “My helicopter is still being held in Delhi without giving any reason and not allowed to fly to Muzaffarnagar. While a senior BJP leader has just flown out of ‘here. It’s a desperate conspiracy by the losing BJP. . People understand everything…”

Ahead of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, a joint press conference of Akhilesh Yadav and Jayant Chaudhary was called in Muzaffarnagar.

Elections for the 403 Assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases starting February 10. The poll in Uttar Pradesh will be held on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7 in seven phases. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.

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