Raipur Chopper crash: Congress, BJP caught in blame sport

The demise of two pilots in a state government-owned chopper crash in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur on Thursday has become a political controversy with each ruling Congress and opposition BJP levelling fees towards one another after revelations that the helicopter had been dealing with technical points for years.

“There was some negligence someplace over the helicopter’s upkeep. I demand a high-level enquiry,” BJP chief of opposition Dharamlal Kaushik mentioned on Friday. A number of different BJP leaders additionally raised questions on the accident and the federal government’s subsequent assertion on the chopper’s technical malfunction.

The dual-engine, AW 109 Energy Elite helicopter, used to ferry VIPs together with the CM , was purchased in 2007 by the then BJP authorities led by Raman Singh after its outdated helicopter crashed in July 2007, killing all 4 individuals on board, together with two pilots.

On Friday, whilst a DGCA crew landed in Raipur to probe the accident, Congress spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla mentioned the BJP was intentionally making an attempt to politicise the demise of two pilots and defame them. “The pilots had been adept at their jobs and so they themselves oversaw upkeep of the chopper. However the BJP has forgotten some information. The chopper had confronted technical glitches quickly after it was purchased from an unauthorised shell firm in Hong Kong by the BJP at a hiked worth of Rs 65 lakh,” he mentioned.

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