New Delhi, March 27, 2017: The Upper house of Parliament, Rajya Sabha on Monday witnessed uproar after Congress and Samajwadi Party MPs protested against the Air India and other private airlines’ move to barring Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad.
Congress MPs backed Gaikwad and said that airlines had no right to ban him from traveling by air.
SP leader Naresh Agrawal criticized Air India and all private carriers saying, the action on Gaikwad is like ‘dadagiri’.
Meanwhile, The Shiv Sena has also decided to move a privilege motion against the airlines’ move to ban Gaikwad.
Shiv Sena MPs even cited comedian Kapil Sharma’s flight incident. “I hope you (Speaker) will raise it with the government. Even Kapil Sharma misbehaved on flight after getting drunk, but no ban was imposed on him,” said Anandrao Adsul of Shiv Sena while speaking in Lok Sabha.
However, responding to Adsul, Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju said that rules were the same for all passengers. “We have good safety regulations but never in my dreams expected a Parliament member to be caught. Rules are the same for everyone,” Raju said while speaking in Lok Sabha.
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.
Air India and major domestic airlines have barred the MP from flying as he denied to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage.