IAF flying veterans say the incident illustrates that the treacherous flying conditions in the North East can so engage the attention of an aircraft crew that even the most obvious task could slip out of the mind as the pilots wrestle to complete their mission.
Despite all efforts by the IAF and the Army, the search and rescue teams have not been able to make any headway in locating the aircraft or getting to know about the fate of 13 crew members and passengers onboard.
A detailed scrutiny of medical records established that the accused officer had been making misleading and false declarations of his medical history to obtained undue advantages in terms of promotion and disability pension since 2015.
“Out of the three seats contested, we won two (Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur). And our success rate was 67 per cent. You can compare our performance with any party, be it Congress or the AAP. Our success ratio is better,” he said.
Sidhu made the comments while interacting with media persons at his residence here. He was reacting to the Amarinder statement that Sidhu had not been able to handle his department (urban development) properly and that Congress had put up a below average performance in urban areas because of this.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Sandhu said that Mann’s win in Sangrur could not take away the fact that this was a ‘pyrrhic victory’ as 12 out of 13 party candidates lost their security deposits. “AAP state leadership should resign and make way for a more autonomous set up,” he said.
State president Bhagwant Mann was the only one who not only managed to perform well but also retained his seat from Sangrur. However, his margin of victory came down by around half of what it was in the 2014 general elections.
He is the first MP to score a consecutive win from Sangrur after former Chief Minister Surjit Singh Barnala of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) who had won successive terms from the parliamentary constituency in 1996 followed by 1998.
As far as the performance of constituencies of MLAs competing in the polls is concerned, the voting percentage dipped in their assembly segments as compared to the 2017 Assembly elections, in which they had won.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Sunil Jakhar said all seven Congress MLAs in Gurdaspur constituency have done massive hard work to ensure party’s win. “However, one can never say what the final outcome will be. It is what the voter will finally decide on the day of polling,” he says.
A group of villagers sitting in the shade of trees in the Abdul Hameed Memorial Complex burst out laughing when asked about the nationalist agenda of the elections and the effect of Balakot airstrikes on voters here. Battle of Asal Uttar is a legend in Indian military history now and the area around was known as the graveyard of Patton tanks.
Deol’s roadshow through nearly 40 villages of Dinanagar and Gurdaspur assembly segments saw a large number of villagers gathering on the roadsides to catch a glimpse of the actor and the BJP candidate from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat and, if possible, to click selfies with him.
The 51 Squadron patch depicts a MIG-21 BISON in the foreground and a red coloured F-16 in the background under crosshairs. The other squadron's patch shows a SU-30MKI with a AMRAAM missile going past it after missing to hit it.