Shiv Sena’s Gaikwad meets party chief Uddhav, explains Air India issue
Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad had allegedly hit an Air India employee 25 times with slippers over refusal of a business class seat in flight.mumbai Updated: Apr 08, 2017 18:35 IST
Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who was involved in a row with Air India, met party president Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai on Satuday and explained his position over the issue.
The meeting, which lasted for 10 minutes at Shiv Sena’s central office at Dadar, came after Air India, and other airlines, lifted the flying ban on Gaikwad after he expressed regret for assaulting an AI employee on March 23.
Neither Thackeray nor Gaikwad disclosed to reporters what transpired in the meeting. However, party sources said Gaikwad explained his position over the whole controversy.
Gaikwad, the MP from Osmanabad, arrived here by the Rajdhani Express on Saturday morning after attending Parliament proceedings earlier this week.
The lawmaker boarded the train from Delhi on Friday evening hours after the flying ban was lifted by the national carrier following his letter to civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday in which he expressed “regret” over the “unfortunate incident”.
After Air India, the Federation of Indian Airlines, comprising four leading private carriers -- Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir and IndiGo -- on Saturday revoked the flying ban on Gaikwad.
In a statement, the FIA said its members were restoring the flying privileges to Gaikwad “under the assurance that our assets and colleagues shall be accorded the respect that they deserve for the hard work that they put in every day”.
The decision was taken consequent to Air India restoring flying privileges to Gaikwad after being satisfied with the statement given by him in the Lok Sabha where he expressed “regret” for assaulting an Air India staffer.
On March 24, Air India barred Gaikwad from flying with it after the incident at the Delhi airport. Subsequently, the FIA barred the Lok Sabha member from flying.
On Friday, sources had said the civil aviation ministry asked Air India as well as other airlines to lift the ban imposed on Gaikwad citing the “undertaking of good conduct” given by him.
The 56-year-old parliamentarian had assaulted AI employee R Sukumar on March 23 after he landed in Delhi on a Pune-Delhi all-economy flight.