- Helipad CM Siddaramaiah was to land in caught fire
- Last month, helicopter he was travelling was hit by a kite
- His visit to Chamarajanagar district was linked to his son’s death
- Still, Karnataka CM strong and doesn’t care about ‘superstitious’ comments in this regard
The helicopter Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah was travelling was to land at the Army School helipad in Vijaypura. But when the helicopter was just 50 feet away from its destination, a fire broke out but wad doused before the helicopter reached the helipad.
Suvarna News reported that an ash candle was placed on the helipad to give the helicopter the cue to land there. But as there was a lot of dry grass around the helipad a spark of the candle fell on the dry grass and resulted in a quick fire. But the fire was doused before the helicopter landed there.
However, of late, there have been many problems with the vehicles travelled by CM Siddaramaiah. It all started last year with a crow sitting on the CM’s car and refusing to move. As it was considered a bad omen Siddaramaiah was forced to change his car despite his protest.
Then last month, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Home Minister G Parameshwar escaped by a whisker when their helicopter was hit by a kite at HAL airport in Bengaluru.
CM Siddaramaiah, accompanied by Home Minister G Parameshwar, were on their way to Shravanbelagola to lay the foundation for Masthakabhisheka works, from the HAL airport. Their flight was hit by a kite, immediately, after they took off, reports say. However, the pilot's presence of mind saved them, it is said.
Though not a technical glitch in the helicopter this incident became a matter of concern. In September, last year, the CM took a chopper to fly over flood-affected regions in Bidar district as an 'aerial survey'. Later, his security staff discovered to their shock that one of the members in the chopper was a complete unknown.
However, the latest news is that Siddaramaiah decided to fly on a brand new black chopper to Mysore today, following disastrous trips on the helicopters and vehicles so far. He is said to be an atheist and has strongly propagated the anti-superstition bill.
It can be remembered that Siddaramaiah even visited the Chamarajanagar district after coming to power even when the belief is that the person who visits the district loses power. So much so, when he lost his son Rakesh, last year many people linked the death as the result of the chief minister visiting Chamarajanagar. But the CM did not take this seriously, even when his grieving was personal and he did not allow it to hamper his duties as the chief minister.
However, Siddaramaiah looks strong and even won the recent Nanjangud and Gundlupet by-election for the party. At least there is no question of losing power as of now.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:36 PM IST