Passengers on IndiGo flight 6E-155, relieved because their flight to Ahmedabad had left Delhi airport on time just after 7.10 a.m. on December 26, were greeted by a familiar voice: that of pilot Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who joined the airline as a co-pilot in 2010 on an honorary basis to keep his commercial pilot’s licence up-to-date. Normally, pilots tell their passengers mundane details about how high the aircraft is flying, cities over which they are flying (in this case, Udaipur), the temperature at the destination, the expected time of arrival and so on. But as the aircraft started hovering above Ahmedabad, the spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party got the better of the aviator. Much to the surprise of the passengers, he declaimed: “Today is a proud day for the people of Ahmedabad and Gujarat as Narendra Modi is going to be sworn in as chief minister.” The weather be damned!
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