Banned by airlines, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad takes chartered plane

The Shiv Sena has backed the MP and sought action against “unruly behaviour of Air India crew’’.

Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai | Updated: April 6, 2017 2:01 pm
Ravindra Gaikwad, Shiv Sena Ravindra Gaikwad, Gaikwad to attend parliament session, Gaikwad's clash with employee, Shiv Sena, indian express news Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad (Express photo by Renuka Pur/Filei)

Shiv Sena MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra, Ravindra Gaikwad, flew to New Delhi on a chartered flight from Pune on Wednesday to attend the Parliament session. He has been banned by airlines after a ruckus with an Air India employee recently. The Shiv Sena has also put its might behind the MP from Dharashiv, Osmanabad, and has pledged to demand action against what it has called unruly behaviour of Air India crew.

On Wednesday, Gaikwad flew to Delhi on a chartered plane from Pune airport. Sources confirmed that his flight left at 3 pm from the airport and reached Delhi around 5 pm. Sena leaders said though they did not justify Gaikwad’s behaviour, they condemn the Air India crew’s behaviour and abusive language they used. “As per the procedure, had he been creating nuisance or disturbing the people on the plane, he should have been disembarked immediately.”

“Besides, the airport security is supposed to take action in such a case. None of these agencies did so, which clearly means he wasn’t behaving in an unruly manner or disturbing others on the plane,” said Anil Desai, Shiv Sena MP and party secretary. Desai further said the larger issue has been ignored in the domestic airlines’ joint decision to ban the MP from flying.

“Not only did the crew members mishandle him, but they also used very abusive language addressing him. This was done just because he sought a complaint book,” said Desai. He added that though Gaikwad has filed a police complaint, the authorities seem to have ignored his complaint while registering a case against him based on Air India’s complaint.

“An inquiry should also be launched to see how a retired Air India employee attached with the airport ground handling agency came inside the plane. It is trespassing,” he said. Another Sena leader said Gaikwad is likely to attend House proceedings on Thursday and a Sena delegation is set to meet the speaker of the House on the flying ban. “We will support him and will raise the issue in the House,” said Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP and senior leader.

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