His response came after Gandhi tweeted a graphic on Congress manifesto for Karnataka and said it captures the "Mann Ki Baat" of the state's people and makes very specific commitments that the party intend to deliver on, including creating one crore new jobs over the next 5 yrs.
Gandhi was travelling on a flight from New Delhi to Hubli, Karnataka, where he is campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections 2018.
"As per operator's report, it was snag of autopilot mode, pilot shifted to manual mode&aircraft landed safely. After that, the Prime Minister rang up Mr. Gandhi enquiring if he was fine", the informed sources added.
Releasing the "People's Manifesto" at a function here, Congress president Rahul Gandhi described it as the "voice of the people of Karnataka" and not a document prepared by "three or four people in a closed room".
The Indian Express quoted party sources as saying that the ID cards will help keep a track of the number of workers each local leader has brought along with them as they often tend to cite exaggerated figures on how many people they were able to get.
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AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot termed the incident as "shocking" and "worrisome" and urged the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to investigate the matter thoroughly.
The technical difficulty in the plane carrying Rahul Gandhi was seen when the aircraft suddenly tilted massively on the left side and the altitude dropped steeply with violent shuddering of the plane's body at around 10.45 am.
In a statement, DGCA said that though the incident was not uncommon, still DGCA will probe the incident.The Congress on Thursday has raised the issue of a "possible and intentional tampering" with the aircraft. "It was apparent. the incidents of shuddering and altitude dipping were not natural or weather-related". "According to the report, it was a snag in the auto-pilot mode". On Thursday, a senior DGCA official had confirmed that the aircraft had suffered "technical snag". "Incidents relating to a shutdown of the autopilot mode are not uncommon".
He took to Twitter to say: "We released the Congress Manifesto for Karnataka earlier today".