Why only Gaikwad, why not act against Kapil Sharma: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaekwad enroute to Mumbai in a train refrains from commenting further on Air India row

The Air India had cancelled Gaikwad's return ticket from Delhi to Pune following the incident.

Asked about the whereabouts of Gaikwad, he said, "Gaikwad is not in Osmanabad".

Defending party colleague Ravindra Gaikwad in Lok Sabha, Shiv Sena lawmaker Anandrao Adsul on Monday raked up comedian Kapil Sharma's in-flight attack on co-star Sunil Grover, while Sharma was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. "This is not the way", she said and told the agitating members to discuss and resolve their issues with the Civil Aviation Minister. No one has so far been banned from flying for unruly behaviour though there have been incidents in the past of rowdy passengers being offloaded. Sena volunteers also organised a bike rally in Maharashtra's Omerga, displaying their support t the local MP. I feel that this issue (blanket ban) should be resolved amicably through talks", Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan said after the meeting, adding, "I am playing the role of "tai" (elder sister).

Osmanabad, Gaikwad's parliamentary constituency, meanwhile, observed a bandh to protest against his "humiliation" as the MP stayed put at some undisclosed location.

The multi-pronged strategy is being considered after the flying ban on Gaikwad was raised in Parliament on Monday. While the contact numbers of Gaikwad and his wife are not available, a certain Mr Joshi, who claims to be Gaikwad's personal assistant, answered a call made to his house in Osmanabad.

"It is illogical that other four airlines also put R Gaikwad on a no-fly list". The statement by the Federation of Indian Airlines also demanded that "strict action be taken against the Member of Parliament by law enforcement agencies".

"Is he a terrorist that he has been barred from flying by all airlines", Chavan asked.

Air India and all private carriers have refused to fly Gaikwad after he repeatedly hit an Air India employee with a slipper last week.

Air India had lodged a complaint with police on Thursday, but Delhi Police took legal opinion before finally registering an FIR on Friday. He was furious at having to fly economy on an all-economy flight despite having a business class coupon.

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