Air India-Ravindra Gaikwad issue: People looking at one side of the coin, says Shiv Sena

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Mumbai | Updated: April 1, 2017 6:54:30 PM

"Taking action on him for such behaviour is not right, people are only looking at one side of the coin,” said Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant.

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. (IE)

The Shiv Sena on Saturday continued to express their strong support towards their MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who is now on a ‘no-fly’ list for assaulting an Air India staffer, saying that people are viewing the entire incident one-sidedly and no looking at the other side of the story. “I have no explanation as to why such negative remarks were against Ravindra Gaikwad, he has always been nice and polite to people. Taking action on him for such behaviour is not right, people are only looking at one side of the coin,” Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant told ANI.

Sawant further stated that Gaikwad’s behaviour was provoked and that action should be taken on the airline, and not the MP. “A person who is known for his balanced behaviour was provoked, is what I can say. Even he (Gaikwad) was harassed but no one is speaking on it,” said Sawant.

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Earlier in the week, Gaikwad informed that he has apprised Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, who responded by assuring that he would look into the matter. Gaikwad had come into the limelight due to the recent incident where he assaulted an Air India staffer by beating him with his slipper. Gaikwad had also submitted a complaint against Air India before the Delhi Police alleging that he was pushed and yelled on. In his complaint, Gaikwad, who allegedly manhandled Air India staffer, said he was made to travel by Air India on economy class even as he had a business class ticket. Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage.

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