"Usually, I am informed about all my travel arrangements while I am on an official assignment," Rijiju said from Darjeeling, where he has gone to check the damage caused by landslides in the district.

"But I can't be blamed for the happening as the Leh administration didn't inform me on what basis they were making the changes to accommodate me on the Air India flight," the Minister added.

"It is obvious that if I was informed about the changes by causing problems to passengers, then I would have definitely stopped it from happening," he said.

Rijiju was in Leh on June 24 to attend the 'Sindhu Darshan' festival. But due to bad weather, the helicopter in which he had traveled could not take off and some last minute arrangements had to made to accommodate him and his aide on the Air India flight, AI-446.

Earlier this week, an Air India flight from Mumbai to New York, with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on board, was reportedly delayed by nearly an hour. This was allegedly done to accommodate a member of his entourage.

While Fadnavis denied any such hold-up, Air India confirmed the delay, albeit for different reasons. "The flight AI-191 on June 29 was delayed by 57 minutes. The delay was partly due to technical or operational reasons and also due to ATC (air traffic control)," an airline official said in a statement.

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