Union Minister and Shiv Sena MP Anant Geete tried to clear the air over the chaos in the Lok Sabha during Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju statement and said no misconduct took place inside the House. “No misconduct took place inside the House,” Geete said on party colleague Ravindra Gaikwad issue.
The Lower House of Parliament on Thursday witnessed chaos as Shiv Sena MPs surrounded Raju after he refused to give in to their demand for revoking the flying ban on Gaikwad.
Shocked over its ally’s behaviour in Parliament as Sena MPs hit Raju’s bench and did not let him leave, senior Bharatiya Janata Party ministers tried to placate Geete and his colleagues while the Aviation Minister was ushered out.
The incident took place after the House was adjourned as Sena MPs created uproar and protested Raju’s reply to Gaikwad’s statement.
Gaikwad denied any wrongdoing on his part and instead accused Air India officials of misbehaving with him and sought action against them. He tendered an apology to Parliament but insisted that he owed no apology to the airline officials as he sought removal of the ban imposed on him by domestic airlines after he allegedly beat up an Air India officer with slippers.
Refusing any preferential treatment to the Sena member, Raju said the matter was not about an MP but a passenger.
“Aircraft is a machine where people fly. Safety is important. Safety cannot be compromised,” Raju said.
After several adjournments, Home Minister Rajnath Minister sought to defuse the crisis by informing the House that the Civil Aviation Minister will talk to “all stakeholders to reach an amicable solution”.