Would love to fly in a chopper some day-although not privileged enough to afford one today but sure am ambitious enough to get there someday https://t.co/34ISq2dalv— Sujay KALPANAPradhan (@sujay365) April 17, 2017
Dr Pradhan posted four pictures on Twitter on Thursday. Among them, a smiling selfie with a kurta-clad Mr Panda wearing sunglasses and a visor. Dr Pradhan writes he accompanied Mr Panda on his "personal chopper."
The politician too tweeted a selfie of the two of them inside the helicopter. Calling the experience "fun," Mr Panda said his reward for taking Dr Pradhan on a "helicopter joyride" was his mother's arisa pitha - a much-loved delicacy from Odisha.
According to his official website, Mr Panda holds a private pilot licence for aircraft and helicopters. In his Twitter bio, he writes he has clocked over 1,500 hours of flight time in a helicopter.
On Twitter, people can't help but wonder when they'll be able to hop on a chopper piloted by Mr Panda.
Here's Mr Panda's response:
I love pithas, but that's the deal for Odias from afar. For constituents, the heli-ride ticket shd be a bit of on-ground volunteering, no? https://t.co/QCRpHto835— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) May 18, 2017