SpiceJet cancels Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad's ticket

I beat him with a sandal 25 times’ Indian MP stranded 1,500km from home after airline attack

I beat him with a sandal 25 times’ Indian MP stranded 1,500km from home after airline attack

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad's plan to take a flight was once again thwarted on Saturday when private carrier SpiceJet cancelled his ticket that he had booked from Pune to Ahmedabad for April 3.

Gaikwad had booked a ticket on flight (SG 524) but the ticket was later cancelled by the airline. In total he has tried booking seven times, five from Air India, once with Spicejet and once with IndiGo.

The ongoing controversy between Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad and Air India seems to have claimed a victim.

In his complaint, Gaikwad, who allegedly manhandled an Air India staffer, said he was made to travel by Air India in economy class inspite of having a business class ticket. Following the incident, the FIA banned him from flying in its member airlines.

After Air India refused to allow Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on any of their flights, the MP is adamant on proving a point.

The Shiv Sena lawmaker is struggling to book an air ticket after a row erupted when the lawmaker assaulted an Air India staffer last month.

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Not just the airline, the MP also faced questions in his parliamentary constituency.

The MP who was travelling from Pune to Delhi in an Air India flight reportedly got physical with the customer relations manager after being unable to travel in the business class of the flight. The party said Gaikwad is also likely to meet the Speaker in a couple of days.

The MP, however, remained defiant - choosing to blame Sukumar for the incident.

Sawant further said that the party never supported Gaikwad's actions but always demanded a proper investigation into the matter.

Raut said that during the meeting, the MPs will tell the Speaker that democracy is still there in this country and if such dictatorship continues, "there will be one day, when these airlines will ground the Prime Minister as well as the Lok Sabha speaker". "I will complain to the Speaker and other authorities".

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