Shimla: The BJP has accused Air Traffic Control (ATC) of being prejudiced towards them citing that the helicopters of its star campaigners were not allowed to fly on time on the pretext of visit of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the state for their election campaign.

Accusing the delay in permission leading towards loss of time and disrupting campaigning strategy, Parveen Sharma, BJP’s election campaign in-charge for Himachal Pradesh, has sought the election commission to take note of the incident and to grant them special permission to campaign till November 3.

“The delay in granting permission by the ATC in flying helicopters of our leaders has resulted in loss of time. So, we have sought special permission from the election body to campaign even on November 3,” Sharma said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi visited Shimla and Kangra towns on Tuesday to campaign, while her son and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has campaigned in Bilaspur and Chamba districts on Wednesday.

Sharma said that party leaders Prem Kumar Dhumal, Jagat Prakash Nadda and Smriti Irani could not travel by helicopter to campaign as ATC has denied them permission to fly as the Congress president was campaigning in the state on Tuesday.

Polling for the 68 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh will be held on November 4, while votes will be counted on December 20.


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