Etihad deal with Indian Jet airline faces controversy in India

Published July 8th, 2013 - 06:36 GMT
(Source: Etihad's facebook page)
(Source: Etihad's facebook page)

Indian civil aviation minister Ajit Singh is understood to have threatened to quit in the wake of the contentious Jet-Etihad dead.

Singh, who took charge of the key ministry in December 2011, called on the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Thursday morning. While Singh termed the meeting as routine and explained that he met Sonia to invite her for a government function, sources in the Congress party, which heads UPA, said that the Jet-Etihad deal was discussed between the two at length.

Singh is in favour of the Rs.20.58 billion deal between India’s largest private airlines and the national carrier of Abu Dhabi. If approved, the deal will give Etihad 24 per cent stake in Jet Airways.

Sources claimed that Singh expressed his unhappiness over his role which is being questioned by both political opponents and some sections of the government.

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