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Fly ban on Gaikwad to continue for now


New Delhi: The fly ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad will not be lifted by Air India for now, according to sources. This comes after the Shiv Sena earlier in the day launched a scathing attack on Air India for banning Gaikwad and has threatened that they will not participate in the April 10 NDA meeting if the matter is not resolved by then. During the Zero Hour, there were unruly scenes with the Shiv Sena members protesting against the ban and even thumping the desk of Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in anger and did not let him leave.

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Shiv Sena’s Anant Geete also shouted at the minister and tried to heckle the minister inside the Lok Sabha. Gaikwad 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.

He presented his defence in the Lok Sabha, stating, “I apologize to Parliament, but not to him (Air India staffer).” Earlier, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally Shiv Sena moved an adjournment notice on the issue in Lok Sabha. Shiv Sena MP Anandrao Adsul gave the adjournment notice stating that decision taken by Air India and other private airlines is a violation of fundamental rights.