17 July:The government on Friday decided to name the Lucknow airport after Chaudhary Charan Singh, the late Prime Minister and father of RLD leader Ajit Singh.
After a meeting of the Union Cabinet, presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram told reporters that the decision to name the Amausi airport in Lucknow as ‘Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport’ will honour the sentiments of the people and be a befitting tribute to the late Prime Minister, eminent freedom fighter and a leader of the farmers.
Asked about the timing of the decision, Chidambaram said a request from the Uttar Pradesh government was pending for quite some time.
When asked by media persons whether the decision will help the UPA government in the floor test, a senior cabinet minister quipped "it will facilitate better take offs and landings".
Ajit Singh himself reacted to the decision saying he was happy with it though it has come late. Courtsey DD NEWS