Seaplane ride: Omar says PM violated security guidelines

ANI | Updated: Dec 12, 2017 17:35 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec 12 (ANI): Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for breaching the security protocol by travelling in single engine seaplane.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi travelled from Sabarmati River in Ahmedabad to Dharoi Dam via single-engine seaplane.

Taking to Twitter, Omar questioned that why security guidelines were relaxed for the Prime Minister.

"How is it that the security guidelines were relaxed for this flight? No Z+ protectee is allowed to fly in a single engine aircraft, much less the PM of our country," Abdullah said.

Abullah further raised brows over the decision to have a foreign pilot flying the seaplane when such tasks are usually carried out by Indian Air Force pilots.

"Single engine plane. Foreign pilots. Is there any security guideline that will not be thrown out today?," he questioned.

The BJP, however, hailed the seaplane landing by the Prime Minister and Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari called it a "big revolution" in the field of transport.

Speaking to ANI, Gadkari said the first-ever flight by such a craft in the country can also be a revolutionary dream for the people of India.

"Today is a historical day as the Prime Minister traveled in a seaplane. Seaplane is a revolutionary factor in the field of transport. It will be a big revolution in the transport sector as India has huge potential," he said.

Earlier, the Congress had also ridiculed the Prime Minister's seaplane travel while dubbing it "hawa-hawai".(ANI)