Fact Check: Bhagwant Mann Deplaned For Being Too Drunk? AAP Denies!
Recently, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann went on a business tour to Germany from September 11 to September 18. On the last day of his tour, a controversy erupted over his alleged deplaning due to him being in intoxicated condition.
As per reports, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann was deplaned from a flight in Frankfurt, Germany, for being ‘too drunk’. After Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) levied the allegations, Lufthansa airlines exonerated Bhagwant Mann by issuing a clarification on the matter.
Lufthansa airlines clarified its stance hours after Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal accused Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann of creating a ruckus inside the flight in an inebriated condition.
However, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) denied all the allegations and said that the Opposition doesn’t have issues to talk about, that’s why it is using false propaganda to demean the Punjab CM. The party said that the CM was deplaned due to certain health issues.
Disturbing media reports quoting co-passengers say Pb CM @BhagwantMann was deplaned from Lufthansa flight as he was too drunk to walk. And it led to a 4-hour flight delay. He missed AAP's national convention. These reports have embarrassed & shamed Punjabis all over the globe.1/2 pic.twitter.com/QxFN44IFAE
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) September 19, 2022
Lufthansa Airlines Clarification
Lufthansa Airlines issued a notification that the Frankfurt to Delhi flight had departed later than its scheduled time due to a delayed inbound flight and an aircraft change. Other than these, there was no reason for the deplaning of the Punjab CM.
The airline mentioned its reasons through a tweet by replying to a query where a user asked, “Why was the flight delayed?” Lufthansa replied: “Our flight from Frankfurt to Delhi departed later than originally planned due to a delayed inbound flight and an aircraft change”.
Well, the other tweet by the airlines raised doubts about AAP leader Bhagwant Mann’s intoxicated condition, as a user asked whether the CM was drunk, for which the Airlines didn’t give a satisfactory reply. It tweeted: “For data protection reasons, we do not provide any information regarding individual passengers”.
On request demanding inquiry into allegations about Punjab CM being deplaned from a Lufthansa aircraft,Civil Aviation Min says,"This was int'l soil. We'll have to make sure we verify facts. Up to Lufthansa to provide data. I'll certainly,based on request sent to me, look into it" pic.twitter.com/CPNuif41gL
— ANI (@ANI) September 20, 2022
Glimpses of Punjab CM’s Germany Tour
During his eight-day tour to Germany, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann stayed in Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich. He met business delegations and executives from prominent organizations to bring investments and attract strategic agreements in key sectors, including renewable energy, automobile manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and advanced agricultural practices.
Earlier, the Punjab CM claimed that leading car manufacturing company BMW is looking to establish its auto part manufacturing plant in the Punjab state. However, the official notification released by BMW dismissed the government’s claims. In its letter, the company said a proposal had come (from the Punjab government), but it has no plans to set up an additional unit in Punjab.