"If the flying ban on Gaikwad is not lifted, we will boycott the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) meeting to be held on April 10. I am saying this after discussing it with party chief Uddhav Thackeray," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said while addressing a press conference in premises of the Parliament.
Mr Raut said the government had assured that an amicable solution to the controversy would be found at the earliest.
"We respect Union Home Minster Rajnath Singh and hope he will find the solution. The ball is now in the government's court. It is their responsibility to solve it," he said.
Mr Gaikwad, a Lok Sabha member from Osmanabad in Maharashtra, abused and assaulted 60-year-old duty manager R Sukumar of Air India late last month.
The lawmaker was later banned by Air India from flying aboard its aircraft, following which other private airlines also refused to fly him.
Today, 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.
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