Prefer train over plane, says controversial Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad said that even though Air India contacted him after lifting the ban but he would prefer to travel by train to go home.

As upper and lower house of Parliament were adjourned sine die on Wednesday, most MPs were seen packing their bags, as closing day marked the return journey for most of them to their respective constituencies.

Controversial Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad told India Today that he will be taking Rajdhani train back to Mumbai, instead of flying the Maharaja (Air India). This despite his flying ban being lifted after prolonged fight in and outside Parliament.

Dressed in a white kurta and pyjama, the Shiv Sena MP said he "preferred train over plane." He added, "I have several people with me, so I am taking the train to go back. It is comfortable."

On asking whether he had put planes on the no-fly list, he said "I am a common man, a teacher. When i am in Pune, I am on a two- wheeler." He also added that he plans to travel more often by train in future.

Talking about the travel ban that was imposed on him by Air India and few other airlines, Gaikwad said, "Air India several times called me after the ban was lifted. But I wish to travel by train."

Earlier this week, Gaikwad reached the national capital by train. He also used the Mumbai-Rajdhani Express to return to Mumbai last week.

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