- Sena MP Gaikwad banned by airlines after hitting Air India manager
- Sena issues many threats, misbehaves in Lok Sabha
- Gaikwad gives letter of 'regret' to Civil Aviation Minister
This afternoon, the government indicated that it would intervene to end the ban as a denouement for the ugly drama that Mr Gaikwad has fronted; however, there would be no attempt to interfere with two criminal cases filed by Air India against the politician, said sources.
Sena MPs cheered him through his speech. Then, party leader and Union Minister Anant Geete charged at Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju who said that MP or not, the safety of passengers cannot be compromised. Mr Geete, seated across the aisle from the Aviation Minister, rushed towards him and started banging on a desk in anger. Sena men threatened, "No flights from Bombay will be able to take off." Mr Raju was then led away in a huddle of ministers to ward off an attack.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan then met with all Sena MPs, the Civil Aviation Minister and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to seek a compromise. She later told reporters that MPs cannot always travel by road or train to attend parliament, and suggested a solution was being worked out.
It better, said the Sena, warning that unless the ban is ended, it will boycott Monday's meeting of the national coalition led by the BJP, of which the regional party is a member. Sanjay Raut at a press conference, defending today's action in parliament, asked "Is our MP a terrorist?" while claiming "rapists, criminals and separatists" are allowed on planes. "Who does the CMD (top boss) of Air India think he is?" he asked.
Here's the letter by Ravindra Gaikwad to Aviation Minister: