Coming out in support of party MP Ravindra Gaikwad by calling the airlines ban on him ‘illogical’, the Shiv Sena on Monday said that it looks like somebody is trying to defame party leaders.
Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said, “It seems that somebody is behind this and trying to defame Shiv Sena leaders, because if Shiv Sena opposes something, it is twisted and presented in a different way to the country.”
“It is Illogical that the other four airlines have also put Gaikwad on a no-fly list. He is not a criminal. Gaikward is not some unruly passenger or doesn’t have some track of such behaviour. The way he is being framed by the media, he is not a criminal. It seems that somebody is behind this and trying to defame Shiv Sena leaders,” she added.
Calling for a thorough inquiry in to the whole matter, she said, “We have said this before also that Shiv Sena doesn’t subscribe to such behaviour by an elected representative. But at the same time, we have said that there should be a thorough inquiry into this whole matter as to what actually instigated him…many things are surfacing.”
The Shiv Sena has given a shutdown call in Maharashtra’s Osmanabad in support of Gaikwad, who had assaulted an Air India staffer last week.
The Shiv Sena is also likely to bring a privilege motion in the Parliament today over the issue of Gaikwad being put in ‘no fly list’ of all airlines.
Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage. The Osmanabad MP after being blacklisted by the top airlines boarded a train to Mumbai earlier on Friday evening.
The MP refrained from commenting further on the row and said Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray would speak on the matter.
Earlier, the MP, while showing no regret for his action had said, “What is there to repent? I will not apologise. He (Sukumar) should come and apologise, then we will see.”