"Principal Secretary Praveen Pardeshi was a part of the delegation led by Fadnavis. Thus the flight was delayed and Pardeshi was allowed to get his visa from his home following which the flight took off. Will the social work of bending rules be done in a similar way for a common man who is ill or handicapped?" the Sena asked in an editorial in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.

Pardeshi, despite having forgotten his visa at home, was given clearance at the Customs and Immigration counters, the Sena alleged and said, "The biggest threat to people's security comes from such VIP delegations."

As per media reports, Pardeshi was cleared at the check-in, but was held back before boarding as the passport he was carrying did not have the valid US visa. He apparently had a valid US visa in his old passport but this was not reflected in the new one he was carrying.

Principal Secretary arranged to bring his old passport which had valid US visa stamp after which he was allowed to proceed to the aircraft. "The allegation that I forced delay of the flight to Newark is false and misleading," Fadnavis had earlier said.

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