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Ravindra Gaikwad row: People looking at only one side of the coin, says Shiv Sena

Defending party MP Ravindra Gaikwad, barred from flying by all major airlines for assaulting an Air India manager, Shiv Sena today said that people were viewing the entire incident one-sidedly without bothering to look at the other side of the story.

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: April 01, 2017 18:20 IST ]
Ravindra Gaikwad
Ravindra Gaikwad

Defending party MP Ravindra Gaikwad, barred from flying by all major airlines for assaulting an Air India manager, Shiv Sena today said that people were viewing the entire incident one-sidedly without bothering to look at the other side of the story.

“I have no explanation as to why such negative remarks were made against Ravindra Gaikwad who has always been nice and polite to people. Taking action against him on such a matter is not right. People are only looking at the only one side of the coin,” Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant said. 

He added that Gaikwad was actually provoked for what he did and therefore, action should be taken against the airline and not the MP.

The Shiv Sena has repeatedly refused to take action against Ravindra Gaikwad although party president Uddhav Thackeray has maintained a studied silence over the entire controversy.

On March 23, Gaikwad abused and repeatedly assaulted with a slipper and even attempted to throw out a 60-year-old Air India staffer in Delhi after being forced to travel economy class on a Pune-Delhi flight though he held an open business class ticket.

Air India lodged two FIRs against him with Delhi Police. Subsequently, all Indian airlines blacklisted him from air travel following his unruly behaviour.

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