Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Violence of any kind can be disastrous for airlines: Government on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad's bad behaviour

The government today implicitly defended domestic airlines' ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad , whose loutish behavior on an Air India flight last week stunned the country.
"The rules are the same for everyone," was the unequivocal comment by the aviation minister. "We have good safety regulations but never in my dreams expected an MP to be caught (doing this). Violence of any kind can be a disaster for airlines," civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said in the Lok Sabha.
Last Thursday, Gaikwad hit a 60-year-old Air India staffer 25 times with his footwear on a Pune-Delhi flight. Not just that, he then bragged to reporters about it. "I hit him 25 times with my sandal," Gaikwad strutted.
Minister Gajapathi Raju has been consistently disapproving of what the Sena MP did. A day after the incident he said such an episode ought not to have occurred at all.
"No political party will endorse such an act. Any citizen hitting an airline staffer doesn't make any sense... No political party will encourage physical assault. It should never have happened," the minister said last Friday. He added that lawmakers are not above the law.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that hopefully a solution can be taken out through talks.
"Its a different matter whose fault it is and what happened but an MP needs to come to the House sometimes by train and also by plane." She said, adding, "A hearing is awaited in the matter in the Sabha on Wednesday."
27/03/17 Shailaja Neelakantan/The Times Of India