Ravindra Gaikwad, the Shiv Sena MP who has been banned by all the airlines from flying after he hit Air India staffer 25 times, said he took the extreme step after he abused Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
In his defence, Shiv Sena parliamentarian said that what he did was a reaction to actions. He alleged that the Air India staffer Sukumar Raman made abusive remarks against PM.
Earlier, Shiv Sena had come up with the video of the incident which showed that it was the Air India official who assaulted the MP first and what Gaikwad did was “self-defence”.
Gaikwad has released a four page letter in Marathi in which he has written that due to Air India’s bad services he had an altercation with the officials and when he demanded a complaint book he did not get one. He alleged, “My complaint was written on a plain, random piece of paper and they refused to give a receipt.”
After the incident came to light, 57-year-old MP was banned by Air India and the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) from flying. He then took a train from Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station to Mumbai Central.
Sticking to its stand, Air India for the second time in a week has cancelled Gaikwad’s ticket. Few days back, Shiv Sena MPs in Parliament had said that the ban put on Gaikwad is against the constitution and demanded lifting of ban. This is the first time that national carrier has imposed a ban on any of its passenger.