Quickly after Yashwant Sinha joined the Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Saturday, he claimed that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee ‘provided to be taken hostage in alternate for different passengers’ of an Indian Airways flight hijacked in 1999.
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Indian Airways Flight 814, generally often known as IC 814, was hijacked on December 24, 1999, minutes after it left Nepal’s capital metropolis of Kathmandu for Delhi. India needed to launch three terrorists, together with Masood Azhar, who now heads the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), to make sure the hostages’ launch, with the disaster coming to an finish on December 31.
The previous chief of the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP), Sinha was the Union finance minister on the time underneath Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
“She has been a fighter proper from the beginning. I’d like to inform all of you that when Indian Airways flight was hijacked and brought by the hijackers to Kandahar in Afghanistan, we have been having a cupboard assembly throughout which Mamata ji proposed that she would go as a hostage however the situation can be that the terrorists ought to let different passengers go,” Sinha mentioned on Saturday.
“She can be taken into their custody and make no matter sacrifice doable for the nation,” the previous BJP chief, now a fierce critic of the social gathering and the central authorities, added.
Sinha, who resigned from the BJP in 2018 amid variations with the social gathering’s management, described the alleged assault on Banerjee as a ‘tipping level’ in his choice to hitch the TMC. Hours after the ‘assault,’ Sinha had lashed out on the BJP, saying that as an alternative of sympathising along with her, the social gathering was mocking her.
Sinha’s induction into the TMC comes after a number of TMC leaders, together with Suvendu Adhikari, joined the BJP. Adhikari, Banerjee’s former aide, will probably be up towards her from the Nandigram meeting constituency within the eight-phased West Bengal meeting elections, which will probably be held between March 27-April 29. Counting of votes and declaration of outcomes is scheduled to happen on Might 2.