Chindwara: Several cops were seen pushing away Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's plane for about 15-20 feet at an airstrip here after it failed to take off, reports stated on Monday.
As per TV footage, till the runway was cleared, Congress leader Kamal Nath's flight hovered in the air for 20 minutes.
Chouhan, had reportedly, visited here to inaugurate a college. Minutes later, Kamal Nath's plane was expected to land here today but it got delayed.
"As per the schedule, Nath's plane was supposed to land earlier but he got late and in the meantime, Chauhan's flight landed at the airstrip around 12.30 PM. After half-an-hour, Nath's plane also arrived and to make way for it to land, policemen and other staff pushed it for about 15-20 feet towards the helipad which is being used as a temporary parking bay in case two planes arrive at the airstrip," Inspector General (IG) Jabalpur Range, D Sriniwas Rao said, PTI reported.
Rao was present at the airstrip, situated about three km away from Chhindwara.
However, He denied reports that there was any emergency situation or Chouhan's plane was on the runway when Nath's plane was scheduled to land at the airstrip.
"The airstrip is controlled by Nagpur ATC, which controls movement of flights from the city," the IG added.
He further said, "It is a normal practice to push a plane for taking it to a parking bay and pilot requested it to do so to save fuel."
"As plane normally takes time after its engine is started for moving forward or backward and to avoid that time, the pilots normally ask to push it for taking it to parking area," he added.
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) initiative 'dial number to become member' in the state kicked off in Indore today.
Earlier in the day, Shivraj Singh Chouhan had confirmed the same via Twitter.
“Looking forward to launch statewide 'Maha Sadasyata Abhiyaan' from Indore today. We are creating history. Join BJP,” Chouhan tweeted.
— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) December 22, 2014
As per reports, BJP's ultimate aim is to emerge as world's largest political party by beating Communist Party of China.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was first to enroll through his mobile phone at the launch of BJP's 'Maha Sadasyata Abhiyan' (mega membership drive) held in New Delhi last month.
(With Agency inputs)