India, Oct. 16 -- In poll-bound Bihar, there has been a 50% dip in hiring of helicopters for campaigning amid the prevailing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, as compared to 2015.

On Thursday, 11 choppers, which were hired for campaigning, were parked at the Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport in Patna.

Upendra Kushwaha's Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) has hired one chopper that will be pressed into service from Sunday onwards.

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Parties had hired around 25 choppers and fixed-wing charter aircraft during the 2015 assembly polls, while around 32 flying machines were deployed during the parliamentary elections last year, said an airport official.

The Bharati...