People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
April 30, 2006
following are the excerpts of the comments made by the union civil aviation
minister Praful Patel to CNN-IBN in an exclusive interview with Karan Thapar on
April 23, 2006.
The strike was called off after your letter of February 4. In that letter, you
set up the tripartite committee.
I set up a tripartite committee but that tripartite committee is not an
assurance for Mumbai and Delhi. We said we will discuss Mumbai and Delhi's
I am quoting from that letter to you. In your letter of February 4 when you set
up the tripartite committee, you said it will look into "the issues and
proposals of modernising airports by the AAI.” That language does not exclude
Mumbai and Delhi. The Left parties believe that you have a commitment not to
make reversible changes regarding Delhi and Mumbai until the tripartite
committee report is finalised. This is why the Left will come down unto you like
a tonne of bricks.
Anyway, I am not going to go into the jargon. This is very categorically made to
them and clearly spelt out that we are not discussing Mumbai and Delhi.
But they don't accept it. And your letter doesn't exclude Mumbai and Delhi. You
may have drafted the letter wrongly, but it certainly doesn't exclude it.