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Plastic on CM runway

Chief minister Hemant Soren may have had a shaky touchdown in Jamshedpur on Wednesday, but gained strong foothold once he started addressing party workers during a programme to mark the 58th birth anniversary of JMM leader Sudhir Mahto.

Flying in by a hired multi-turbine chopper, Hemant and his aide Abhishek Prasad felt a sudden jerk as the air machine dropped from a height of 4ft at Sonari airport around 3.45pm. “Minor jerks during landing is very common,” Hemant said casually later.

Though the chief minister brushed aside the incident, his aide Prasad said they did feel the shock while landing. “However, the pilot explained that it was a minor problem,” said Prasad.

State civil aviation director Captain S.P. Sinha cleared the air. “It was not a technical snag. A polythene packet had stuck in the tail rotor of the chopper on the runway. It was a minor thing. Sonari airport authorities should ensure that polythene packets do not come on the runway,” said Sinha.

In the steel city to unveil a bust of former deputy chief minister the late Sudhir Mahto, at Shaheed Nirmal Mahto Stadium in Uliyan, Hemant took the opportunity to slam the Union government over the railway fare hike and increase in sugar prices.

He also blamed the Centre for delaying the widening of NH-33 between Jamshedpur and Ranchi. “It is for the people to realise if indeed it is a sign of “achche din” (good days),” he said.

Hemant flew back to Ranchi in the same chopper.