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Chopper Carrying Ram Vilas Paswan, Sushil Modi Makes Emergency Landing In Bihar's Gaya

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

A helicopter carrying union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi made an emergency landing in Gaya amid strong winds and heavy rain Tuesday, official sources said.

Both Mr Paswan and Mr Modi, a senior BJP leader, were reported to be safe.

The two leaders flew from Gaya to address a joint election meeting at Belaganj but rain coupled with strong winds started around 3:25 pm, the sources said.

The pilot then decided to make an emergency landing at Bataspur village under Bodhgaya police station limits, the sources said adding that the helicopter took off again at 4:10 pm for its onward journey.

Gaya BJP media in-charge Yugesh Kumar confirmed the incident.

Both Mr Paswan and Sushil Modi went to Belaganj, which falls under Gaya Lok Sabha constituency, on the last day of electioneering.

The campaigning came to an end on Tuesday evening for four Lok Sabha constituencies Gaya, Jamui, Nawada and Aurangabad which would go to polls in the first phase of elections on April 11.

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Meanwhile, Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on February 19 asked states to take stringent action to ensure sugar mills clear over Rs 20,000 crore outstanding payment to farmers at the earliest.

Paswan has written to chief ministers of all sugar producing states, including Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, in this regard.

The Centre last week raised the benchmark price of sugar sold at factory gate to Rs 31 per kg from Rs 29 per kg earlier. 

"Cane arrears are rising. We have taken up this issue very seriously. We have written a strong letter to all chief ministers of sugar producing states. We informed them that the central government is taking every possible steps but ultimately the responsibility lies on states to ensure that sugar mills make payment to cane farmers," Ram Vilas Paswan said. 

(With inputs from PTI)