Rajiv Pratap Rudy yesterday surprised his fellow cabinet colleagues when he boarded a plane to Delhi from Ahmedabad where he was in the cockpit of the flight. A cockpit is a compartment for the pilot, and sometimes also the crew, in an aircraft. Along with Rudy other ministers Ananth Kumar, Smriti Irani, Ajay Tamta who also rushed back to New Delhi to attend the wedding of law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s daughter were taken by surprise, the Indian Express reported. Ruddy who also holds a commercial pilot’s license was reportedly rostered to operate a service flight on honorary basis to keep his Airbus A-320 license active under DGCA rules. The Union ministers were attending a three-day textile India event in Ahmedabad. Adding glamour to the wedding ceremony, two Khan’s of Bollywood – Shah Rukh and Salman Khan attended the event. Both the actors took some time off their busy schedule to attend the marriage ceremony of Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s daughter Aditi. Dressed in a black suit, photographs from the wedding where both the actors were seen posing with the family of the bride are floating on the internet.
Back in 2010, Rudy was hired as a co-pilot with Delhi-based private airline IndiGo Airlines on an honorary basis. After late former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Rudy became the first civil aviation minister to fly for a commercial airline, according to Business Standard.
The 55-year-old pilot-cum-politician, Rajiv Pratap Rudy returned to the Union Council of Ministers after BJP’s success in the assembly polls in Maharastra in 2014 where the leader played a key role in the party’s victory in the politically crucial state.
He now holds the portfolio of MoS for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge). Born on March 30, 1962, in Chhapra, Rudy was a lecturer prior to entering politics and was involved in student politics while studying at Panjab University.
Earlier, Rudy served as commerce and industry minister from September 2001 to May 2003 and as civil aviation minister from May 24, 2003, to May 21, 2004, in the National Democratic Alliance government led of former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, according to PTI.