State Governor Koshyari denies state plan to fly Dehradun

Mumbai : The Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari have been at loggerheads over several issues, particularly nomination of 12 MLCs. However, it took an ugly turn when the governor Koshyari was denied the use of state government aircraft to fly to Dehradun on Thursday morning.

According to available information, after no approval came from the Maharashtra chief minister Thackeray for the special VVIP flight, the governor and his entourage decided to board an airline flight to the destination instead.

It was said that around 9am, the governor Koshyari and his entourage reached the Mumbai airport’s general aviation terminal in Kalina to board the government Cessna Citation XLS aircraft. A week ago, the Raj Bhavan had sent the governor’s program to the state civil aviation department, which had, as per the protocol, forwarded it to the Chief Minister Office for approval. However, the Raj Bhavan didn’t get a necessary approval from the CMO till Thursday morning. As there was no approval from CMO till the governor reached at the airport. Koshyari decided to fly to Dehradun on a scheduled airline flight.

Even though an official statement from the CMO is awaited, the BJP has launched an attack on the Uddhav Thackeray-led government. The leader of the Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said that this shows the arrogance of the government and the state government deliberately denied permission.