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Not hiding, was ordered not to speak to media: Gaikwad on Air India controversy

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who is at the centre of a controversy for assaulting an Air India official on flight, says he isn’t hiding but has been told to avoid speaking to media till he attends the next Lok Sabha session on Wednesday.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2017 19:31 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Osmanabad (Maharashtra)
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Ravindra Gaikwad, a Shiv Sena MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra, has been banned from Air India flights after he assaulted a duty manager at the Delhi airport last week. (HT File Photo)

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who assaulted a senior Air India official, on Sunday claimed that he was asked by a top party leader not to speak with the media about the issue.

Threatening legal action against the national carrier, the Parliamentarian said he has not gone into hiding and will be present in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

“A senior Sena leader ordered me not to speak with media till Wednesday (March 29) and so I am not coming before the media. I will come to Omerga on Tuesday and celebrate Marathi new year ‘Gudi Padwa’ with my family and Shiv Sainiks. I will then attend Lok Sabha session (in New Delhi) on Wednesday,” Gaikwad told PTI.

The 57-year-old MP, who represents Osmanabad, however did not disclose his present location.

“I am not hiding and will speak to all after Wednesday,” he added.

Gaikwad had on Thursday abused and assaulted a 60-year-old duty manager of the national carrier with slippers over not being able to fly business class despite having boarded an all-economy Pune-New Delhi flight.

Following the incident, he was barred from flying by major domestic airlines.

“A senior Sena leader did not call me to ‘Matoshree’ (Thackeray residence in Mumbai) and hence I am not going there to meet senior party leaders,” he added.

“Air India employees abused me. I will take legal action against Air India,” Gaikwad said.

He demanded that an inquiry should be initiated into the video (about the incident).

Meanwhile, local Sena workers on Sunday burnt an effigy of Air India employees at Turori village in Gaikwad’s support.