On Tuesday, the Karnataka Congress targeted Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya amid reports that the passenger, who accidentally opened the emergency exit of an IndiGo plane after boarding at Chennai airport last month was the BJP Yuva Morcha chief. They have questioned as to why the government hid the incident for so long and have not yet received a response from Surya or his office.
The Congress shared media reports in a series of tweets and asked questions such as what Surya’s intention was, what plans were there to create a disaster, and why was he transferred to the back seat after apologising? They further questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi as to who would have been responsible for the disaster if this “prank” had been carried out after take-off, as well as why the incident was not being investigated.
A senior official at aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday said that the event was duly reported and that no safety was compromised. Karnataka Congress president D K Shivakumar shared the news report accusing Surya, stating that for a safe take-off and landing, people should always fly with Congress. AICC general secretary in-charge of Karnataka Randeep Singh Surjewala also took to Twitter to express his thoughts, questioning whether the MP used his good offices to suppress the news. Congress MLA and KPCC’s Communications in-charge Priyank Kharge also raised questions such as why Indigo was hesitant to name the passenger, why they didn’t report to DGCA, and why there was no comment from the MP.