Girl thanks civil aviation minister for swapping seats with her and her ill mom

Civil Aviation minister Jayant Sinha and his wife offered their seats to Shreya and her mother, who needed the extra leg space.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published:November 6, 2016 5:34 pm
civial aviation minister jayant sinha, jayant sinha gives up seat, jayant sinha good deed, aviation minister twitter, shreyapradip, indian express, indian express news That’s a sweet gesture for sure! (Source: ShreyaPradip/Twitter)

Twitter seems to give an interesting insight into the way several of India’s Union Cabinet ministers work. Be it the many visas that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has granted (uniting lovers to helping family members out of a tight fix) to railways minister Suresh Prabhu, who has revolutionised the access to comfort and essentials during train travel (remember the time a guy tweeted out the need for a wheelchair and had one waiting when he disembarked?).

Well, this is not be a story of a tweet reaching out to a minister, but one that will definitely put a smile on your face. According to a tweet by @ShreyaPradip, Shreya was travelling on an Indigo flight with her ill mom. The young girl, whose Twitter profile indicates that she’s from Ranchi, and her mother were given the XL seats with more leg room because her mother could not walk. At a mid-flight halt at Kolkata, it turned out the seats belonged to Union Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha and his wife. Sinha insisted they continue to sit there and the couple took another seat instead.

A grateful Shreya later tweeted: “@jayantsinha @IndiGo6E Ache din is wen Aviation Minister gives his 1st class seat 2 me n my ill mother, sits in d eco class himself Thnx Sir”.

The minister was quick to respond with a tweet: “You are very welcome!” he said.

Though, since the aircraft does not have a first class, Shreya later corrected that she meant the XL seats with more leg space, next to the door.

There was a tweet from Indigo airline’s Twitter handle as well, enquiring whether Shreya had a comfortable flight, to which she responded: “After such a generous gesture! Definitely ?? Thnxx”.

When indianexpress.com reached out to Shreya for more details on the incident, she said: “I was in flight from bengaluru to Ranchi which had a halt at Kolkata. My mother is ill and can’t walk so they gave us the seats near door cz it was vacant. At Kolkata the seats were booked and it belonged to Mr. Jayant Sinha and his wife. When they arrived they saw us and insisted on sitting on the same place and they took other seat”.

In the meanwhile, the reactions to Sinha’s kind gesture has been largely positive. One user tweeted: “aviation ministry is in good hands. More power to you Sir. Respect.” While another said, “thats great Kudos to minister @jayantsinha way to go Sir”.

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    MyTake
    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:40 pm
    This can happen only when Modi Team is in power.
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      prakash
      Nov 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm
      closing schools is not good solution. very bad.
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        Rajiv
        Nov 6, 2016 at 5:58 pm
        Nice Gesture ! Just goes to show his upbringing and culture!!
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          CP Nair
          Nov 6, 2016 at 1:35 pm
          We like to see more of such news!
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            Dennis
            Nov 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm
            Yah moron, before this govt our GDP was zero nah???
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              Niladrinath Mohanty
              Nov 6, 2016 at 10:39 pm
              Great. This would have never happened with P.Chidambaram(PC). I will narrate an incident told to me by a friend. My friend was traveling to Delhi. It so happened that PC was in the seat next to him. My friend wished him and there was no response from PC and all through the flight they never exchanged a word. This is how our leaders related to the common people aka aam admi.
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                Avinash
                Nov 6, 2016 at 2:02 pm
                Why has Pappu not described this gesture by the Modi Minister as a Dalali of Seats. Hey Kischriwal I am waiting for you to ask for an inquiry.
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                  Nisar A
                  Nov 6, 2016 at 2:53 pm
                  How come this nicety doesn't transfer to the Troll Brigade?
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                    An Observer
                    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:50 pm
                    Wonderful. Just opposite what Shashi Tharoor and Salman Khushid said when they were the ministers... Cattle cl and bench cl...
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                      Anonymous
                      Nov 6, 2016 at 2:15 pm
                      This is just a marketing tip.
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                        B
                        Nov 7, 2016 at 1:40 am
                        Even more wonderful that our aviation minister is flying on efficient Indigo, instead of causing more loss by flying Air India.
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                          Sham
                          Nov 7, 2016 at 7:16 am
                          Tell it to Kejriwal, if and when he comes to Delhi!
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                            Sheik Mohamed
                            Nov 6, 2016 at 2:47 pm
                            Let us thanks and grateful to the Minister for this good will gesture towards ordinary citizens of our country on humanitarian grounds.
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                              sdas
                              Nov 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm
                              The fact is this is an Administration that India has not seen before. I congratulate the penger for her putting the message on Twitter and the Minister for a noble and humanitarian gesture.
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                                ProdyotPran
                                Nov 6, 2016 at 1:47 pm
                                Chivalry is not yet dead.lt;br/gt;Ask Shreya and she will vouch for it.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;Thank you Jayant for being human.
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                                  ProdyotPran
                                  Nov 6, 2016 at 2:03 pm
                                  More than a decade back a youth had suddenly become the Chief Minister of a state in India.lt;br/gt;During one of his initial trips as the newly elected CM to the national capital he needed some extra space in the flight he was travelling in.lt;br/gt;One of the cabinet ministers travelling in the ministerial entourage asked the penger seated next to the CM's seat to vacate it.lt;br/gt;When that penger refused to do so the over enthusiast minister slapped the penger and forced him out of the plane.lt;br/gt;The helpless penger complained to the authority but nothing happened.lt;br/gt;Neither the erring minister, nor the CM received any punishment.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;And, here the civil aviation minister willingly and on his own accord vacated his seat to facilitate comfort to another fellow penger.lt;br/gt;-lt;br/gt;At times I seriously want to believe that the upbringing contributes a lot in shaping a character and personality.
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                                    ProdyotPran
                                    Nov 6, 2016 at 2:07 pm
                                    Yes Mr. Nair, we want to see more of such news items. Makes us feel good knowing that not everything is lost yet.
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