Barred by airlines, Sena MP takes train to Mumbai

25 March, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Kristopher Anderson
  • Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. Image courtesy ANI

In unanimity with Air India, top private airlines who are members of the Federation of Indian Airlines banned the defiant Shiv Sena MP who assaulted a 60-year-old Air India duty manager at IGI airport in New Delhi on Thursday.

"I hit the staffer 25 times, not just once", was Gaikwad's brazen response when Firstpost asked him about the incident.

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on Thursday assaulted the Air India staff member when the MP lost his cool after a heated altercation with the AI officials including Sukumar.

Gaikwad was enraged at not getting a business class seat on the flight, despite being told that the airline only had economy seats.

The politician, whose Shiv Sena party is a partner of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, had been told in advance that he could not fly business class because it was an all-economy flight.

Gaikwad was in the eye of a row in 2014 for allegedly trying to force-feed a Muslim caterer during Ramzan over the quality of chapatis served at the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi. It has also constituted a committee to look into the incident and will be submitting its report shortly to the Ministry of Civil Aviation, according to Air India.

Taking retributive action, the national carrier cancelled Gaikwad's return ticket to Pune after he boastfully asserted he would board the afternoon flight.

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"An Air India official called me that their staff is upset over the issue".

Two cases have been filed by Air India against Mr Raikwad; "the law will take its own course", said Mr Raut, making it clear that the party will not punish its offending MP.

"Elected representatives need to respect people who are doing their job, irrespective of whether the Air India man was rude", said Shaina NC, the BJP spokesperson.

2009: Telangana Rashtra Samithi leader M Jagannadham, who was a former Congress MP, slapped a bank manager in 2009 for not giving him satisfactory answers on loan disbursement. Shockingly, Ravindra Gaikwad, the MP in question, justified his behaviour, and even sought an apology from the airline.

Members of the Shiv Sena had contradictory views. "I kept asking for a complaint book but they kept refusing".

"I had requested him (Gaikwad) to de-board the aircraft as the cleaning staff had to complete their work".

The first-time lawmaker also said he had made the Parliament "proud", when asked if his act has brought shame to the temple of democracy.

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