As the controversy over blacklisting Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad continues after he allegedly thrashed an Air India staff member with sandal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sunil Gaikwad today claimed that even he was stopped at security points in the airport repeatedly because of his surname and because he is an MP. Ravindra Gaikward has virtually banned by at least six Indian Airlines after he assaulted the Air India staffer and the Shiv Sena MP had to take to roads tp reach Delhi to attend the parliamentary sessions.
Reportedly he used a car to travel from Maharashtra to the national capital. While reports suggest that he has been asked not to attend the Parliament till the issue is resolved.
However, the Sena has trotted out its big guns to defend Gaikwad. Speaking on the issue, senior leader Sanjay Raut who virtually tagged the airlines as bullies said, “Behaviour of airline companies is like mafia goons.”
The Sena wants all the airlines to revoke their ban on the MP. He refused to say anything more on the prospect of Shiv Sena taking a second look at the case or ramping down its open challenge to the political system by saying, “Will know for sure who did what when the inquiry is over”
Gaikwad himself had maintained an arrogant attitude even after the incident. “I have the tickets, they can’t blacklist me. I will board the Delhi-Pune Air India flight this evening. How can they not allow me? I will not apologise. It was not my fault, it was his fault. He should apologise. First, ask him to apologise then we will see. I am not scared at all, either with Gaikwad or with the Shiv Sena. I have been serving public and have also faced many who get irritated on such issues. It’s a common thing for me,” he said.