“I’ll understand that these polls are a farce”: Punjab Congress leader lashes out at Election Commission after Charanjit Singh Channi not allowed to fly due to Narendra Modi


Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has alleged that his helicopter was not allowed to fly to attend an election rally by his leader Rahul Gandhi in Hoshiarpur. A furious Channi said that he was a chief minister and not a terrorist.

Charanjit Singh Channi
Photo: Charanjit Singh Channi’s Twitter handle

News agency ANI quoted him as saying, “I was in Una at 11 am but suddenly permission to fly (to Hoshiarpur) was denied due to PM Modi’s movement, it was declared a no-fly zone. I was not able to attend Rahul Gandhi’s rally in Hoshiarpur. I had permission to land.”

Channi’s chopper was reportedly grounded as authorities imposed a no-fly zone in view of Narendra Modi’s election rally in Jalandhar. “Charanjit Channi is a Chief Minister, he’s not a terrorist that you are stopping him from flying to Hoshiarpur! This is not the way,” Channi was quoted by NDTV as saying.

Channi’s senior party colleague, Sunil Jakhar, said that the assembly elections would be nothing short of farce if the Election Commission did not take note of the unfair treatment meted out to the Punjab chief minister.

He said in Hoshiarpur, “CM Channi was scheduled to come here but it’s shameful that this government cancelled permission for Charanjit Singh Channi to come to Hoshiarpur. If the Election Commission doesn’t take cognisance of this, I’ll understand that these polls are a farce.”

Punjab goes to the polls in a single phase on 20 February with the counting of votes scheduled to be held on 10 March. The BJP is fighting this year’s polls in alliance with Captain Amarinder Singh’s newly-formed political outfit.