Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikward had to travel by train today after domestic airlines unitedly "banned" him from flying on their aircraft for assaulting an Air India officer.
Sukumar, who by Gaikwad's own admission, was hit with sandals "25 times", demanded that the MP must be punished.
Referring to the police complaint filed against him by Air India, he claimed the FIR can not be registered against him without the approval from the Lok Sabha Speaker as Parliament is in session.
"Air India and FIA member airlines have chose to ban this Member of Parliament from flying on all our flights with immediate effect".
Gaikwad, carrying a business class ticket, insisted on taking the airline's early morning flight AI-852 from Pune to Delhi, which is an all-economy class. Even though, video can not be shared here due to the obscene language content, here are the excerpts from the discussion that transpired between MP Gaikwad and an Air India, trying to pacify the Shiv Sena leader. Speaking to TV channels, Gaikwad said, "The staffer should apologise first". The man, who appears to be a fakir, falls at the MP's feet, but Radadiya goes on kicking him.
Last month, AirAsia India filed a police complaint in Bengaluru against two drunk fliers for creating "nuisance" onboard one of its flights.
"Gaikwad held up the flight for 40-50 minutes".
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Meanwhile, Gaikwad also submitted complaint against Air India before Delhi Police, alleging alleges that he was pushed and yelled on. He was traveling on an Air India flight from Pune to New Delhi.
Air India cancelled the MP's return ticket for the 4.15pm flight on Friday, but he booked an IndiGo flight through an agent.
Perhaps it isn't unexpected that Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaekwad from the Osmanabad constituency of Maharashtra has been brazening it out (video above) after assaulting an Air India staffer (video below). "How can they not allow me?" he said.
The Shiv Sena politician, however, remained defiant and unrepentant, and instead blamed the airline employee, R Sukumar, for the incident. While Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai said the party has sought an explanation, its spokesperson Sanjay Raut put the blame on Air India.
"I have the tickets, they can't blacklist me". I have been serving public and have also faced many who get irritated on such issues.
It is not the first time such an incident has taken place in India.