BJP chopper makes emergency landing near BJD poll meeting venue

Sambalpur: As the race to win the poll battle is heating up, in an odd incident, leaders of BJP and BJD inadvertently ended up at the same meeting ground in Kuchinda area of Sambalpur distirct.

According to sources, on Thursday, a public meeting of the BJP was organised at Manapali area in Kuchinda constituency of Sambalpur. Among others star campaigners Lekhashree Samantsinghar & Sritam Das were scheduled to arrive in a helicopter to address the meeting.

Sources said the pilot of the chopper lost direction and sought permission from the district authorities to make an emergency landing. After obtaining due approvals from the administration, the helicopter carrying the BJP leaders landed adjacent to the meeting venue of rival BJD.

“We will not politicise this incident. Due to an unavoidable situation, the chopper made a landing there. We are disappointed that our party leaders could not reach the meeting and meet the people who were waiting eagerly for them,” said BJP Kuchinda Assembly candidate, Rabi Narayan Nayak.