Cong & JD(S) MLAs allege flights blocked, leave by road
In late evening drama, Congress and JD(S) MLAs left for destinations in neighbouring states in three luxury buses after three charter flights which were supposed to carry them from Bengaluru’s HAL airport were reportedly denied permission to take off.
The grounding of the planes drew sharp criticism from the Congress-JD(S) combine, which described it as a “brazen move to choke efforts” to safe-keep the MLAs.
Congress MLAs alleged that the DGCA sent out “unofficial” word to HAL airport to not allow the planes to take off. However, a senior aviation ministry official denied the charge. “DGCA’s permission is not required for charter operations within India. Saying the aviation authorities did not allow the flights to operate is not correct,” the official said.
Earlier, security for Congress MLAs was removed at Eagleton Resort in Bidadi, where they had been coralled since Wednesday.