The state BJP sought special permission from the Election Commission of India (ECI) to campaign even on November 3. The party has told the commission that delays by the Air Traffic Control in the landing and take-off of helicopters of their leaders had resulted in loss of time.

Praveen Sharma, convener, Election Management Committee, BJP, in a letter written to the Chief Election Commissioner, has complained that the Air Traffic Control was causing delay in granting permission to helicopters of the BJP leaders.

He alleged that due to the visit of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, Air Traffic Control didn’t allow their leaders to fly and it affected the party campaign and delaying rallies to be addressed by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and national BJP Mahila Morcha chief Smriti Irani.

He also sought the intervention of the ECI to direct the Air Traffic Control not to cause unnecessary delays.