Chappal edges out Choksi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi did speak about flights on Sunday but not the ones Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi took last month to leave the country.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 19.02.18
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi did speak about flights on Sunday but not the ones Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi took last month to leave the country.

The Prime Minister said his aim was to make people wearing "Hawaii chappals" fly in a " hawai-jahaz (airplane)". But he chose to remain silent on Nirav and Choksi, who have left the country after allegedly defrauding Punjab National Bank of Rs 11,400 crore.

Laying the foundation stone of the Navi Mumbai International Airport, the Prime Minister said: "We want people wearing Hawaii chappals to be able to fly in a hawai-jahaz.... My government is working to develop over 100 airports across the country."

He claimed credit for the growth of aviation in the country and slammed previous governments for not even formulating a policy on the sector.

He said that between Independence and till recently, only 450 airplanes operated in the country. However, in the past one year alone, orders for over 900 aircraft have been placed, he said.

Earlier in the day in New Delhi at the opening of the "world's largest party office", the Prime Minister uncharacteristically underscored the BJP's ability to take along coalition partners.