After the Federation of Indian Airlines barred Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad from flying four private Indian carriers, reports suggest that IndiGo had canceled his tickets from Delhi to Pune that was booked for Friday.
Gaikwad was barred by Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir for assaulting an Air India officer which was caught on video. But the MP has remained unapologetic about the entire incident.
The incident came to light on Thursday, but the entitled MP remained unfazed even while telling the media, "Haan main mara usko (Yes, I hit him)."
A video clip shows Gaikwad assaulting the 60-year-old officer with slippers and then trying to push him down the stairs of the flight to the tarmac.
"You're a role model no? Parliament kaun pahuch sakta hai? Aap jail mein kyu jaana chahte hai? You are a democratic leader, we have elected you. Aap fenk denge toh murder case ho jayega na, sir? (Why do you want to go to jail? If you throw him out it will be a murder case)," a stewardess, trying to save 60-year-old Shiv Kumar, was heard as saying.
To which Gaikwad says, "Hone do na, bahut cases hai hamare upar." (Let it be, I have many cases against me.)
While the Shiv Sena has sought action against him, he shows no signs of remorse and has said that he has several cases against him.
"Maine sandal se pachhis maara, (I rained 25 blows on him with my slipper)," he bragged to the media later. "I asked them to find a solution to the impasse. Instead he was showing me attitude," Gaikwad told ANI.
Meanwhile, PTI quoted Harshal Pradhan, media adviser to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as saying, "The party has sought an explanation from Gaikwad over the incident. The Sena does not condone violence of any kind."
"We have also sought a version of the incident from the AirIndia (AI) staffer. The Sena has a workers' union in Air India," he said.
In the face of such widespread criticism, will Gaikwad apologise?
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