Angry at being given an economy class seat in a flight that did not have business class, a Shiv Sena MP beat up an airline staffer with his slippers “25 times”. This latest VVIP shocker happened when Ravindra Gaikwad, Lok Sabha MP from Osmanabad in Maharasthra, flew from Pune to Delhi on Air India’s flight AI 852.
“The MP had a business class coupon. His office was clearly told that AI 852 was an all-economy flight that did not have a business class. There were two other Pune-Delhi flights which had business class,” said a senior AI official.
But with Parliament in session, the Gaikwad decided to go to Delhi on the all-economy flight. The trouble began on arrival in Delhi at about 10.30 am.
“After the plane landed, he did not alight from it for half an hour or so. He was angry at being made to travel in economy despite having a business class coupon. Our ground staff repeatedly requested him to alight from the plane as the aircraft had to be despatched for another flight,” said the official.
The MP was so agitated now that he allegedly took off his slipper and beat up one of the AI ground staffers requesting him to get off the plane.
The MP later told the media that he had indeed beaten up the staffer with his slippers. “I am not a BJP MP. I am a Shiv Sena MP and will not tolerate any insult. Let the employee complain. I will complain to the Speaker and other authorities,” he told TV channels.
The airline staff member who was assaulted by Gaikwad told ANI, “Ravindra Gaikwad hit me, used foul language and not only broke my specs but humiliated me in front of the whole crew.”