BSP chief’s wings clipped; no nod to land helicopter
The Chandigarh administration has turned down a request from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) that the helicopter carrying party chief Mayawati be allowed to land at Sector 25 Rally Ground on March 30. Mayawati will be in town to address a rally in support of party candidate Jannat Jahan.chandigarh Updated: Mar 24, 2014 12:05 IST
The Chandigarh administration has turned down a request from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) that the helicopter carrying party chief Mayawati be allowed to land at Sector 25 Rally Ground on March 30.
Mayawati will be in town to address a rally in support of party candidate Jannat Jahan.
The administration has previously disallowed the party from using elephant, its symbol, for canvassing. The city votes on April 10.
Confirming the development, UT deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer Mohammed Shayin said that the permission had been denied due to concerns over security as there was no helipad at the Sector-25 Rally Ground.
“Allowing the helicopter to land at the venue will be a security threat. The open spaces around the venue have already been designated as parking areas,” said the DC.
Otherwise, the administration has allowed political parties to use the Rajindra Helipad in Sector 1 after taking prior permission.
The district magistrate has been appointed as the nodal officer for according permissions for use of helipad during the elections, following directions from the Election Commission of India (ECI) on March 20.
UT home department orders state that the permission for landing of a helicopter will be granted after the issuance of a non-objection certificate by the air force authorities and the Chandigarh police.
Those seeking permission will have to submit a request for landing of helicopters in the office of the district magistrate at least 24 hours before the actual time of landing.
SSP Chandigarh will ensure the safety and protection of the helipad once it lands at the Rajindra park. The permission so granted would be at the risk of the applicant as the area is surrounded by dense forest trees.
Officials added that strict monitoring will be done about the use of helicopters during the elections and non-adherence of the terms and conditions will invite penal action.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be in city on March 27 and March 29, respectively, in support of their respective candidates.
Both the parties have not sought permission for use of the helipad as their leaders would be travelling to the venue by road from the airport.