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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