Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad likely to fly again as MPs mount pressure on aviation ministry

MPs from various political parties flocked together with Shiv Sena on the issue and described the ban on MP an arbitrary move.

If sources are to be believed, Shiv Sena 'slipper wielding' MP Ravindra Gaikwad may soon be allowed to resume air travel, with pressure mounting on the civil aviation ministry day-by-day.

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday said, "MPs need to attend Parliament and they cannot always travel by train. I feel this issue (blanket ban) should be resolved amicably through talks."

Parliamentarians stood in support with Gaikwad, raising concerns over the 'bullying attitude of airlines' in session on Monday.

MPs from various political parties flocked together with Shiv Sena on the issue and described the ban on MP an arbitrary move.

IS IT THE RIGHT TIME, PONDERS MINISTRY

Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Aggrawal in supporting argument in Rajya Sabha had termed the air travel ban as 'unwarranted'.

Mahajan also further added, "As of now, everybody is angry. It is time to calm down and resolve the issue."

A source in the Ministry of Civil Aviation said, "There's a lot of pressure on us. We realise this ban has to go. But is it the right time? I am afraid it's not. We have to wait till tempers soothe".

The Osmanabad MP assaulted a 62-year-old duty manager of Air India, R Sukumar on a Pune-Delhi flight after it landed in Delhi over not being able to fly business class.

Following this assault, the Federation of Indian Airlines disqualified him from flying any member airlines that was later supported by non-member airlines as well.

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