Wednesday, March 14, 2012

[ZESTCaste] UP polls campaign: Mayawati used 26 flights, Akhilesh 5

UP polls campaign: Mayawati used 26 flights, Akhilesh 5
Published: Tuesday, Mar 13, 2012, 16:19 IST
Place: Lucknow | Agency: PTI

The high-voltage polls in Uttar Pradesh saw political leaders and
candidates taking a total of 334 sorties on private jets and
helicopters for campaigning, with outgoing Chief Minister Mayawati
flying a maximum of 26 times.

According to a report compiled by the Air Traffic Control (ATC) in the
state capital, the choppers and chartered flights were used by
"candidates and star campaigners" from all the major political parties
taking part in the just-concluded Assembly polls in the state.

While outgoing Chief Minister Mayawati undertook 26 air sorties for
campaigning to various locations from Lucknow, the chief minister
designate Akhilesh Yadav took a total of five flights.

Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is tabulated to have
undertaken 21 flights while Congress President Sonia Gandhi travelled
four times by air for campaigning.

The flight records, between January to February, have now being sent
to the Election Commission (EC) in Delhi and also to the Income Tax
(Investigations) department for scrutiny of poll expenditure, both on
the part of the political parties and the candidates.

Other campaigners, who used the choppers/private jets for campaigning
in various parts of the state, include Congress General Secretary
Rahul Gandhi (10 sorties) and party in-charge for UP Digvijay Singh
(10 sorties).

BJP leaders, who feature on the list, include L K Advani, Arun
Jaitely, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Sushama Swaraj, Rajnath Singh and Kalraj

The Samajwadi Party is set to form the government in the state as it
has emerged as the single largest party in the 403-seat Assembly with
224 seats.

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