dglobalnews.com Sena Defends Goon MP; Says "Even Kapil Sharma Is Allowed To Fly"
Published: Tue, March 28, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Sena Defends Goon MP; Says "Even Kapil Sharma Is Allowed To Fly"

Sena Defends Goon MP; Says

The civil aviation ministry plans to come out with rules that will govern how airlines act when it comes to barring people from flying-in term of the grounds as well as the duration-in what will amount to seizing powers hitherto resting with carriers.

There was no business class in the flight.

Though there were reports that Sena president Uddhav Thackeray had sought an explanation from him over the incident, the constant support of the party to the MP gives a totally different view. But "never in the wildest of dreams had I expected an MP to get caught in this", he said. She said Sena members were trying to support something that was "wrong".

"Being a public representative, the incident he (Gaikwad) was involved in, does not send the right message", she said. "I will complain to the Speaker and other authorities". Agencies quoted Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan as appealing for an amicable resolution to the issue. As of now, everybody is angry. It is time to calm down and resolve the issue. "I allowed Mr. Anandrao to raise the issue and the Minister has replied", she said. MPs have to attend Parliament. "The flight landed at 10 am at IGIA when the MP refused to de-board from the plane and when the staff members requested to do so, he assaulted them with slippers", said an airport source.

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The party, which was the second largest with 21 seats out of the 60 in the state assembly, needs another 10 to prove majority. The Opposition comprises 27 Congress legislators while the treasury benches have 32 members, excluding the Speaker.

But civil aviation minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju appeared to justify the ban. "Violence of any kind can be disastrous in civil aviation".

The proposed move comes in the wake of the controversy involving Shiv Sena member of Parliament Ravindra Gaikwad. We can not have unequal treatment of people of different classes. We will talk to our MP, will listen to what he has to say and will see about it.

Not getting any positive response from the minister, Sena MPs walked into the well of the House.

Shiv Sena MPs on Monday demanded lifting of the ban imposed by various airlines on party lawmaker Ravindra Gaikwad, but the government said airlines had the right to refuse a passenger if they found his "demeanour" to be incorrect. Now it is up to Shiv Sena chief to take a call on the erring member and a serial offender. All the airlines have banned the Shiv Sena MP from boarding their flights a day after he beat an Air India staff with his slipper. "How can he be banned?" he asked.

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