×

India

Bhagwant Mann Flight Deplaning Row: Lufthansa Issues First Statement

After the controversy broke out that Mann was deplaned, a Twitter user sought clarification from Lufthansa if such an incident had taken place.

Bhagwant Mann
File Photo of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann (Image: Twitter/BhagwantMann)

Chandigarh: Lufthansa, the German airliner has clarified the controversial accusation against Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann that he was deplaned from a Frankfurt-Delhi flight for being inebriated. Lufthansa Airlines has clarified that no person was deplaned. The flight was delayed due to delayed inbound flights and a change in the aircraft carrier.

After the controversy broke out that Mann was deplaned, a Twitter user sought clarification from Lufthansa if such an incident had taken place. To which the Lufthansa replied in the negative.  

Ahbaab Grewal, the spokesperson of the Aam Aadmi Party AAP said, “Lufthansa’s clarification on Twitter sufficiently clears the air that those who began questioning Mann were looking for cheap publicity and wanted to defame Mann. Nothing of this sort happened and the controversy was a total figment of the imagination of those in the opposition.”

However, Civil Aviation Minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia has said that the incident happened on international soil and that the ministry will make sure to verify the facts. Aviation Ministry will certainly look into the matter, however, it all depends on the data provided by Lufthansa, the German air carrier.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Monday alleged that Bhagwant Mann was deplaned from a Lufthansa aircraft carrier at the Frankfurt airport because he was drunk. Congress leader Partap Singh Bajwa too sought an inquiry into the matter and shot off a letter to Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Civil Aviation Minister.

ALSO READ: Congress Prez Polls May See Gehlot Vs Tharoor Contest, Sonia Gandhi Assures Neutrality