PM Modi’s travel arrangements have yet sparked controversy as the opposition has complained about him using VVIP aircraft for political rallies in West Bengal.
In a letter addressed to the Election Commission of India (ECI), West Bengal’s Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday complained about PM Modi using the VVIP aircraft for Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) rallies and urged the election body to take the necessary action.
“PM’s security on any official purpose is supposed to be the prime concern but when the Prime Minister is arriving to attend a political program, it should not be at the cost and harassment to another political leader,” Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said in his letter addressed to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora.
Mr Chowdhury also mentioned that he had to cancel a scheduled election programme as his vehicle was ‘stopped for hours’ by SPG owing to PM’s landing at Dumdum Airport.
West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury writes to Election Commission, saying he had to cancel a scheduled election programme as his vehicle was 'stopped for hours' by SPG owing to PM's landing at Dumdum Airport pic.twitter.com/Q4jFlTtO9W
— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2021
“In this delay, I had been subjected to harassment and had to cancel a pre-planned political program. I am not aware whether chopping off all other movements is in order for PM’s political program,” the West Bengal’s Congress Chief wrote.
The letter further contended how India can afford the PM using VVIP Aircraft for “attending Political rallies!!!!!!” considering India’s economic status. Chowdhury’s letter also argued about the efforts and sacrifices made by the government staff and voters amidst the times of coronavirus scare.
“As a MOS Railways, I did not use Saloon Car for election purposes. I fail to understand whether VVIP Aircraft (which is for the foreign visit) can be used for attending Political rallies!!!!! When India is such a poor country, all the government staff sacrificed theirs few days salary during the corona pandemic situation, voters are sacrificed MPLAD funds Development work in their respective area for two consecutive years. This is for your information and necessary action please,” Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s letter added.
I fail to understand whether VVIP Aircraft (which is for foreign visits) can be used for attending political rally. When India is such a poor country, all govt staffs sacrificed theirs few days salary during corona pandemic situation: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to EC
— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2021
Polling for the first two phases of West Bengal Elections was held on March 27 and April 1 respectively. The next phase of polling will take place on April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Ahead of the third phase of the polls in West Bengal, PM Modi on April 3 held political rallies in Hooghly and South 24 Parganas district.