Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad’s attack on AI staffer shows some netas are not afraid to take law into their hands

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad thrashed an Air India employee with his slipper 25 times onboard a flight. It raises concerns that are there any lines that these VVIPs will not cross as a show of power?

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi | Published:March 23, 2017 5:48 pm
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High-on-power politicians are not new to India. Incidents of ‘VVIPs’ throwing their weight around have become so common that it doesn’t shake up the public anymore. However, the situation goes alarming, as it did on Thursday, when Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad thrashed an Air India employee with his slipper 25 times onboard a flight. It raises concerns that are there any lines that these VVIPs will not cross as a show of power?

The MP from Osmanabad, Maharashtra was on his way to Delhi from Pune and had a business class coupon from his office. According to reports, Air India officials informed him prior to takeoff that the flight AI 852 in which he flew was all economy and there were two other flights that had business class seat options. However, as parliament was in session he apparently took AI 852 flight. However, officials were quoted in reports that he didn’t alight when the plane reached Delhi at around 10:30 am for being angry at being made to fly economy class.

Even shamefully, he admitted to hitting the staffer on the plane, blatantly saying he wouldn’t tolerate any insult and that he isn’t a BJP MP but of Shiv Sena.

Firstly, the MP was flying on official business on public money. Business class is a luxury and a perk provided to him and not something that if taken away demeans him in any way. As an elected representative, behaving in this shameful manner for having to travel in economy only goes to show the low morals possessed by Gaikwad and probably many other VVIPs enjoying perks on taxpayers’ money.

Taking the liberty to hit a staffer shows clearly that Gaikwad and his ilk are not afraid to take the law in their hands. If the lawmaker would have any respect for the laws of the country and the Constitution and any understanding of those laws, he wouldn’t have dared lay a hand on the staffer. It is a pity that such MPs are the ones who are elected public representatives who make laws for the common public, the very public they think they can violate at any instance without the fear of any rebuke. The fact that Shiv Sena hasn’t condemned the act by Gaikwad also indicates where MPs like Gaikwad draw the confidence from to carry out such acts.

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    Mohan Kikla
    Mar 23, 2017 at 2:06 pm
    Internationally acclaimed, Indian born, British author George Orwell's " Animal Farm " basically highlighted the unscrupulous, ruthless, shameless ruling cl administrators to carve their way out and and demonstrate the ' superiority complex ' lt;br/gt;The key phrase " All animals are equal ; but some are more equal then others " marks the similarity between the current politicians and the behavior of the empowered animal characters of Animal Farm.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The ruling Union Government must come down tough countrywide for such unacceptable behavior from the politicians, bureaucrats and other Public Officers, The erring public official should even be barred from holding any public office at any level. They need to be tamed, educated and accountable for their acts- both in private and public life. Discipline need not be compromised irrespective of position, status or cl!
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      ss
      Mar 23, 2017 at 1:02 pm
      AI staff deserves tis, they are govt employees, who don't respect customers and provide pathetic services, Lethargic, lazy staff deserves treatment with chappals. well done mr MP
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        George.Cruz
        Mar 23, 2017 at 9:41 pm
        Now he has qualified for CM of Maharashtra!
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          George.Cruz
          Mar 23, 2017 at 9:40 pm
          Politicians know very well that EVEN SUPREME CORRUPT OF INDIA IS SUPREMELY CORRUPT.
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            George.Cruz
            Mar 23, 2017 at 7:54 pm
            Shri Ravindra Gaikwadji is the most intelligent Minister. He could not have done as written by corrupt media. He is exceptionally capable person and I know him "intimately".lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;-George Cruz
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              Aditya Mishra
              Mar 24, 2017 at 9:59 am
              The AI staff should have set an example and thrashed the living daylights out of the "honourable" MP. This would show these s there place and the others would think twice before doing such things.
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                ams
                Mar 23, 2017 at 9:09 pm
                This b@@ stard should be given the same or rather worse treatment.
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                  bmniac
                  Mar 23, 2017 at 4:55 pm
                  Air India staffer should give a complaint and police should prosecute this uncivilized man.He must not be allowed to get away with this crime.
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                    GUEST
                    Mar 23, 2017 at 12:45 pm
                    Currently a suit is pending before the Supreme Court regarding consutional validity of pension to MPs. While such ruffians and goondas are getting elected to the august body the Supreme Court should consider whether still pensions are reasonable to such undeserving lot. Remember. all govt servants recruited after 2003 are not eligible for pensions !!!
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                      Darkhorse
                      Mar 24, 2017 at 4:31 am
                      Saw his interview today he is not guilty at all for what he did. Its shame on the party to give tickets to such MP who has such a track record. And a big mistake on the part of people too who elect such a person.
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                        Tummalapalli Rao
                        Mar 23, 2017 at 2:02 pm
                        The nation watches ,he is certainly a dangerous penger can harm any one in any aircraft with power of position, he should be treated like a common man, the nation watches what judgment the law gives . One day he will behave the same way in parliament so all at risk
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                          Tummalapalli Rao
                          Mar 29, 2017 at 5:27 am
                          The Nation is watching what action is taken on this MP for violating the human rights being a Law maker, today no body can get away in the social activism and media
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                            Sriniwasan
                            Mar 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm
                            The writer is a respected Aviation Journalist.The following suo motto action has to take,lt;br/gt;LokSabha speaker should expel the Sena MP from the House.Air India and the MOA has filed a FIR and a follow up action has to be taken by filing a criminal case in the Bombay HC for ault causing injury and tresp on a staffer while on duty.lt;br/gt;Further Air India and the Ministry of Aviation should bar the Sean MP from boarding in all domestic and International flights
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                              Sriniwasan
                              Mar 23, 2017 at 2:19 pm
                              the Sena MP should be declared a Terrorist and arrested under Public Securities Act.Period
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                                jj
                                Mar 24, 2017 at 1:26 am
                                The system that the British left is rotten and needs to be changed.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is the system in which such low character's rise to the top.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It does not matter who comes they are all low ethics and low moral values
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                                  Avinash Karnick
                                  Mar 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm
                                  He has taken law into his own hands and the system in the country does not allow anything of this sort by any citizen. The police should register a case immediately and carry out a through investigation. The Indian Penal Code will take care of such people.
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                                    KP Pillai
                                    Mar 24, 2017 at 1:09 am
                                    This is a sample fire. Who else could be better in Sena? Or who else made exit from Sena? Or those who are in the helm of Sena? Their ideals and working policy is not politics; but grossly gundaism. They are not grown from student politics or from the street serving the public. They have absolute no study cl on what the 'Party' stands for; except they know that, money is the criteria and periodical payments to HQ is their basic responsibility. Rest, you do whatever you want; none questions. The way this MP was answering to the media persons, was shocking and laughable. He says, the AI staff misbehaved and I punished him. He does not understand any other channels, even if there happened a misbehaviour. And he is called 'Member of Parliament' !! And he is the one sent to raise the peoples' issue in the House. I am sure, upon return to Mumbai, he will get a grant reception at Mumbai Airport and then in Dadar.
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                                      bob
                                      Mar 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm
                                      This is ongoing culture of powerful people . This guy should be brought to justice like any common citizen. Hitting someone by shoe out is worse than hitting by shoe in.
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                                        S.Parmar
                                        Mar 23, 2017 at 11:51 pm
                                        Cruz something is wrong with your eyes check clips where this goon is hitting be should be thrown out of politics
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                                          K.S.Narayanan
                                          Mar 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm
                                          The headline implies that there was some problem the "law" did not address readily that Gaekwad was moved to take the "law" into his own hands as a "leader". The fact of the matter is that a lack of understanding exceeded only by arrogance and inclination to violence motivated him to behave and act in the manner he did -like an ignorant, arrogant, violent and criminally inclined individual causing considerable disruption and inconvenience to the airline,pengers and so many others affected by that incident. He ought to be held accountable.
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                                            Chandran
                                            Mar 24, 2017 at 4:57 am
                                            It is now time to show these hooligans that there is a rule of law in this country. Punish him .
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