Days after he flew a plane in which DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran was a passenger and received a thumbs-up on social media, BJP MP Rajiv Pratap Rudy has piloted a flight which had several members of a Parliamentary Standing Committee, including senior BJP leaders, among its passengers.
Mr Rudy, Saran MP and a commercial pilot who flies Airbus 320-321, has shared a video on his Twitter account in which he is seen welcoming passengers by saying that it is going to be a "special and unique flight".
बालमन के साथ निश्छल और वात्सल्य भाव का अलौकिक अनुभव...— Rajiv Pratap Rudy (@RajivPratapRudy) July 16, 2021
संसदीय समिति की यात्रा के दौरान सांसद श्री @ManojTiwariMP की छह माह की बेटी सांविका के साथ हवाई यात्रा का संस्मरण@IndiGo6E@BJP4Delhi@BJP4Bihar@BJP4Chaprapic.twitter.com/r06rXZ6aKK
"In the history of Indian Parliament, possibly, this is going to happen for the first time when a Member of Parliament is going to fly the Standing Committee of Parliament on Tourism and Civil Aviation," he added, as passengers clapped.
He went on to name some of the Parliamentarians on board -- the standing committee's chairperson and TDP MP T G Venkatesh, Rajya Sabha MP and former Deputy CM of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi, BJP MP and former Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat and former Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari.
Mr Rudy also says it is a "very beautiful day in history". He then introduced his co-pilot and the cabin crew on duty. He also introduced the youngest passenger on board, Manoj Tiwari's 6-month-old daughter Sanvika, and asked the passengers for a round of applause for her first flight. He then wished the passengers a wonderful flight before returning to the cockpit.
"'So you are traveling in this flight as well!' said a person dressed in the Captain's uniform. I could not recognise him with his mask on, although his voice sounded familiar. I nodded my head, still wondering who it could be. He looked at me and his eyes gave away the smile behind the mask. 'So you don't recognize me!'" he tweeted in a thread named, "A flight to remember".
"I realised then that it was none other than my colleague, senior Member of Parliament and former Union Minister - my very good friend Thiru @RajivPratapRudy Just two hours ago, he and I were part of intense discussions at the Estimates Committee and now I couldn't believe my eyes, seeing his transformation from a politician to a pilot," Mr Maran tweeted.