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BJP, Cong jostle to bag credit for Haj pilgrims flight

The decision to introduce a direct flight for Haj pilgrims from Bhopal to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia has become a bone of contention between the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh.

bhopal Updated: Jun 04, 2010 13:52 IST

The decision to introduce a direct flight for Haj pilgrims from Bhopal to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia has become a bone of contention between the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh.

While the ruling BJP claims that the decision is the result of efforts made by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Congress wants to bag the credit through state party president Suresh Pachouri.

Government spokesman and State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narottam Mishra said that with this decision, the Chief Minister had fulfilled a promise made to the minorities.

Bhopal MP and former Chief Minister Kailash Joshi said that sometime back Union Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel had come to Bhopal to take part in a programme for the extension of Raja Bhoj airport.

Joshi said at this function, Chouhan had raised the issue of introducing a direct flight between Bhopal and Jeddah and Patel had promised that he would look into it soon.

Meanwhile, Congress workers celebrated the decision outside the Madhya Pradesh Congress office here on Thursday by bursting crackers and distributing sweets.