BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy pilot Dayanidhi Maran from DMK | Chennai News
“So, are you traveling on this flight as well?” The captain asked Maran, who was seated in the front row, after all the passengers boarded the flight. Maran nodded, wondering why the pilot looked so familiar. Despite being a frequent traveler, Maran couldn’t recognize the man behind the mask. “So you can’t recognize me,” persisted the captain to Maran’s amazement. Soon his smile betrays him. The captain was none other than his fellow MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy. Barely two hours earlier, the two MPs were in the middle of a discussion at the Estimates Committee meeting. Neither of them was aware of the pleasant meeting that was brewing later in the day.
“I was pleasantly surprised and told Rudyji that I couldn’t believe he was going to be the captain who would transport us from Delhi to Chennai. He laughed and said “Yes, I noticed you don’t recognize me, I fly frequently!” I can only say that I was honored to be piloted by my good friend and colleague. Rudyji was also Minister of State, when my father was Union Minister of Trade, ”Maran tweeted.
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Rudy, in fact, juggles with ease with many trades. “This is my fourth job. I teach economics, I deal with business as a lawyer in Patna. I am involved in politics and I am also a pilot, ”he told TOI. “But there is no conflict here. Instead of being a passenger, I fly the commercial airliner as an honorary pilot to fulfill my commercial pilot license requirement. I am not an employee and I do not receive a salary, ”he declared.
“I must be the only parliamentarian in the world to fly a big jet. I fly Airbus 320 and 321. I was the oldest to obtain a commercial pilot’s license when I was 50 years old. Now I am 59 years old and have accumulated 4000 flight hours on commercial Airbus, ”said Rudy.
“An unforgettable flight indeed! How often does a sitting MP operate a commercial flight? I’m sure I’ll talk about it for a long time. Thanks to Captain Rajiv Pratap Rudy MP for transporting us safely from Delhi to Chennai! Maran tweeted.
This is not the end of the story. Rudy, who is in Chennai and attended the parliamentary committee on travel and civil aviation on Wednesday, will fly a commercial jet to Kochi on Thursday. The passenger list includes former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi, former Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat and 20 other MPs.
Rudy had a tee shot. “As Minister of State for Trade in the NDA government, headed by AB Vajpayee, I was Murasoli Maran’s assistant during the WTO talks in Doha. When I asked Dayanidhi Maran on the flight if he wanted to write on my album, he said he would post a detailed tweet, although I’m on the other side. His gesture was well received in the political fraternity of the country, ”concluded Rudy.