Barred Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad tries tweaking his name to book air ticket

Surabhi Shaurya
To book a ticket, Gaikwad used his coupon every time issued by the parliament, the airline was alerted, thus swinging into action to cancel it immediately.

New Delhi: In what can be called as a clever attempt to evade the ban on flying by Air India and major airlines, the controversial Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad tried tweaking his name while booking air tickets, claims a report in leading portal News 18. If reports are to be believed, Gaikwad tried to book ticket four times through Air India in last seven days but every time the airline cancelled it.

Leading portal News 18, quoted top Air India sources saying the MP tried to book, Mumbai-Delhi, Hyderabad-Delhi, Nagpur-Delhi and Mumbai-Nagpur. To book a ticket, Gaikwad used his coupon every time issued by the parliament, the airline was alerted, thus swinging into action to cancel it immediately.

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, was caught on camera assaulting 60-year-old Air India ground staff  R Sukumar with his sandal 25 times. Gaikwad, submitted a complaint against Air India before the Delhi Police alleging that he was pushed and yelled on. In his complaint, Gaikwad said he was made to travel by Air India on economy class even as he had business class ticket. The Shiv Sena is also likely to bring a privilege motion in the Parliament over the issue of Gaikwad being put in ‘no fly list’ of all airlines.

A couple of days ago, Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sunil Gaikwad claimed that he had to undergo double levels of security checks because his surname is the same as the Shiv Sena MP and also because he is an MP. As quoted by ANI, Sunil Gaikwad said, “I was stopped at security points at the airport repeatedly because of my surname and as I’m an MP.”

Sunil Gaikwad had also said that he has informed the Civil Aviation Ministry about the issue. “I have conveyed this to Minister Jayant Sinha. Is having the Gaikwad surname a crime,” Sunil Gaikwad questioned.