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"Little Surprise": Mehbooba Mufti Politicises Air India's Telling Its Staff To Say Jai Hind; Makes 'josh Of Patriotism' Remark

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

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  • In a tweet, the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said that the 'josh of patriotism' has reached the skies ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. 
  • During his first stint as Air India's Chairman and Managing Director, Ashwani Lohani had issued a similar direction to pilots in May 2016.

After Air India announced that the crew will have to say "Jai Hind" after every flight announcement "with much fervor", Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet has affixed this move with the General Elections.

In a tweet, the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said that the 'josh of patriotism' has reached the skies ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. 

The tweet read: Little surprise that with General Elections around the corner, the josh of patriotism hasn’t even spared the skies.

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"With immediate effect, all (crew) are required to announce 'Jai Hind' at the end of every announcement after a slight pause and much fervour," stated the advisory issued by Amitabh Singh, Director Operations, Air India on Monday.

The advisory has been marked to all crew members of the cash-strapped carrier. During his first stint as Air India's Chairman and Managing Director, Ashwani Lohani had issued a similar direction to pilots in May 2016. According to officials, the current advisory is a "reminder" to the staff, in line with the "mood of the nation".

"The captain of a flight should often connect with passengers during the journey and, at the end of the first address, using the words 'Jai Hind' would make a tremendous impact," Lohani said in a communication to his staff in May 2016.

Last month, the central government called back retired technocrat Lohani to head the carrier as chairman and managing director for a second time within two years. 

Besides, Lohani in his communication had also asked the staff to be "courteous and polite" to passengers and said wearing a smile would be a "good thing".

Lohani had said, "The cabin crew should greet the passengers while emplaning and deplaning with a 'namaskar' as was the tradition. A smile on the face and conversing sweetly and politely without an iota of irritation would be a good thing."

His first tenure as Air India chief was from August 2015 to August 2017. Lohani was appointed Railway Board chairman in August 2017 and retired in December 2018.

This comes two days after PDP leader Mufti went on a twitter rampage demanding the government to provide evidence of the air-strikes conducted by the Indian Air Force in Pakistan. Off late, Mehbooba Mufti has been taking to twitter to express her thoughts on the on-going India-Pakistan tensions and has even claimed that the Balakot strikes will benefit BJP 'electorally'.

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