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BJP questions AI-IA merger; demands white paper

india Updated: Sep 28, 2009 19:15 IST

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Alleging that the ongoing Air India strike resulted from the "mess created by choice" by the government and the top management of the airline, BJP on Monday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to share details of the situation in the civil aviation sector in the last five years.

"The Prime Minister had said from the ramparts of the Red Fort on this year's Independence Day that we are giving careful attention to problems of Air India and will resolve them...He should bring out a white paper on the overall mess created by choice in last five years and who is responsible," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

He accused the government and the top management of Air India for the problems faced by the airline and questioned the merger of Air India and Indian Airlines.

"Air India and Indian Airlines were merged with the promise that there would be a Rs 1,200 crore profit by 2010 but today there is a loss of Rs 5,000 crore," Rudy said.

"The executive pilots of Air India have alleged that there is an attempt to sabotage the airline and said the strike has been imposed on them. An attempt has been made to create a wedge between the employees," he added.

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