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NCP MP cancels rallies in Pune after chopper denied nod to fly

NCP MP Amol Kolhe on Thursday alleged the helicopter he was to ride was denied flying permission by the air defence control in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Pune, leading to the cancellation of his campaign meetings in the district.

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Mumbai Published on: October 17, 2019 22:47 IST
NCP MP cancels rallies in Pune after chopper denied nod to fly
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NCP MP cancels rallies in Pune after chopper denied nod to fly

NCP MP Amol Kolhe on Thursday alleged the helicopter he was to ride was denied flying permission by the air defence control in view of Prime

Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Pune, leading to the cancellation of his campaign meetings in the district.

In a video message, the NCP's star campaigner said he was to address poll meetings in Bhosari, Pimpri and Chinchwad in Pune district, but was denied flying permission citing protocol in view of the prime minister's rally.

Kolhe apologised to the people who had gathered for his rallies in these segments. "After my rally in Erandol (Jalgaon district), I was
to address a rally in Chopda (also in Jalgaon). From there I was scheduled to reach Pait (in Pune) by helicopter for a campaign rally.

"There were campaign rallies planned in Bhosari, Pimpri and Chinchwad too," the Lok Sabha MP from Shirur in Pune district said in the video message. "But didn't receive flying permission from air defence control in view of honourable prime minister's rally. Hence, I had to cancel the rallies," the actor-politician said.

Kolhe questioned whether it was in line with democratic values to deny flying permission to leaders of other parties when the prime minister is himself campaigning for a political party (the BJP). 

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