Rahul to sound poll bugle with Jan Aakrosh rally tomorrow

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His response came after Gandhi tweeted a graphic on Congress manifesto for Karnataka and said it captures the "Mann Ki Baat" of the state's people and makes very specific commitments that the party intend to deliver on, including creating one crore new jobs over the next 5 yrs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the Congress president Rahul Gandhi to enquire about his safety after an aircraft carrying the Congress president developed a snag before landing at Hubballi airport in poll-bound Karnataka. "If there is anything found wanting and whoever is responsible for it, we will take appropriate action", he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

According to reports, Modi was the first person to call Gandhi and enquired about the incident.

Interestingly, apart from Rahul Gandhi, manifesto committee chairman M Veerappa Moily, veteran Congress leader in the Lok Sabha M Mallikarjuna Kharge, senior leader B Janardhana Poojary, Karnataka CM Siddaramaia were also present during the event.

Surjewala said, "This is a serious case of aviation mechanic failure".

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He said it was a matter of happiness that these leaders have returned to the Congress, adding that with the return of Malik, the party will be further strengthened in Delhi.

Rahul Gandhi has the highest level of protection and is guarded by Special Protection Group commandos. It is apparent from the suspicious and faulty performance of aircraft that the incidents of shuddering and altitude dropping were not natural or weather relate but due to technical snag of aircraft. The pilot shifted to the manual mode and landed the aircraft safely.

"Serious questions related to intentional tampering with the aircraft can not also be brushed aside", he said in the letter. Shutdown of the auto-pilot (mode) is not uncommon.

AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot termed the incident as "shocking" and "worrisome" and urged the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to investigate the matter thoroughly.

"We are holding this rally to represent the emotions and turmoil that every citizen of the country is going through", said Gehlot, a former Rajasthan Chief Minister.