Saturday, June 17, 2017

Chandrababu instructs MP Diwakar to apologise to Indigo staff

Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu intervened to repair the damage caused by the rude behavior of Anantapur MP JC Diwakar Reddy towards the staff of Indigo airlines.

Five major airlines including the State-run Air India have banned the MP from air travel following the incident at Vizag airport on Thursday.

Naidu is learnt to have instructed the MP to tender an unconventional apology to the Indigo staff.

However, it is not clear if the MP is ready to oblige the party chief's advice. Naidu sent another Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh to Diwakar's residence to convince him to tender an apology.

According to party sources, Naidu was upset over the uncalled incident and enquired with his senior colleague Union civil aviation minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who was apparently present at the spot when Reddy was creating ruckus in the Indigo Airlines cabin following the refusal of the airliner staff to issue him boarding pass as he had turned up after closing the counter.

Reddy, on the other, refused to react on the ban imposed by the airlines. "There is nothing I can talk. You have already ruined me. I don't want to talk to media anymore. Please leave me alone," Reddy told the media at his residence.

It may be mentioned that Reddy had banged the boarding pass printer and even pushed an airlines employee out of the cabin in a fit of rage over being denied the boarding pass. The episode was recorded on the CCTV cameras.

The footage shows him lifting the printer and banging it on the desk, besides pushing one of the airlines staff out of the cabin.

The Indigo flight was to take off from Vizag airport at 8.05 am and Reddy arrived in the airport only at 7.41 am and by that time, the airlines authorities closed the boarding and the flight was getting ready for take off.
16/06/17 P Pavan/Mumbai Mirror