“A flight to remember,” Maran said after traveling in a private plane from Delhi, piloted by none other than Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MP, wearing the facemask that initially hid his identity, before the captain stated that he was with the DMK would fly. MP and others all the way here in the three-hour flight on Tuesday.
In a series of tweets and a statement, Central Chennai MP described how it came as a surprise when Rudy, a former Union minister, made the unveiling.
“So you travel in this flight too,” said someone dressed in the captain’s uniform. I couldn’t recognize him with his mask on, though his voice sounded familiar to me. I nodded my head, still wondering who it could be. He looked at me and his eyes betray the smile behind the mask,” said Maran.
“So you don’t recognize me,” he exclaimed. I then realized it was none other than my colleague, senior Member of Parliament and former minister of the Union- my very good friend Thiru @RajivPratapRudy!” Maran added.
A flight to remember. July 13, 2021I boarded the Indigo flight 6E864 from Delhi to Chennai after attending a meeting… https://t.co/1Len9hO1mP
– Dayanidhi Maran மாறன் (ayanDayanidhi_Maran) 1626195145000
He recalled that the two were part of intense discussions in the estimation committee just two hours later and now “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw his transformation from politician to pilot.”
“I was pleasantly surprised and told Rudyji that I couldn’t believe he would be the captain flying us from Delhi to Chennai.
He looked at me, his eyes betraying the smile behind the mask. “So you don’t recognize me!” he exclaimed. I… https://t.co/I57hkzYLve
– Dayanidhi Maran மாறன் (ayanDayanidhi_Maran) 1626195146000
He laughed and said, “Yeah, I noticed you didn’t recognize me. I fly a lot!” said Maran.
He added that he was honored to have flown by his close friend and colleague and recalled that Rudy served as Secretary of State (in the NDA government), when his father, the late Murasoli Maran, was the Union’s Secretary of Commerce.
“A flight to remember! How often does a sitting MP operate a commercial flight? I’m sure I’ll be talking about this for a long time. Thank you Captain @RajivPratapRudy MP for flying safely from Delhi to Chennai!” said the DMK leader.
How often does a sitting Member of Parliament fly a commercial flight? I’m sure I’ll talk about this for… https://t.co/etwLDYHWOP
– Dayanidhi Maran மாறன் (ayanDayanidhi_Maran) 1626195150000
rudi, Lok Sabha MP from Bihar, responded to Maran in a series of tweets in Tamil, expressing his joy and surprise that Maran was a passenger in his piloted vessel on Tuesday.
While reflecting on his days with Murasoli Maran, Rudy also praised Dayanidhi as a “successful aviation entrepreneur and union minister.”