The Lok Sabha on Thursday witness chaotic scenes after the Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad said that he apologised to the parliament but not to the Air India official, who he had physically assaulted last month.
According to ANI, the Lok Sabh witnessed pandemonium of sorts as Shiv Sena MPs surrounded Aviation minister Gajapati Raju after the Lok Sabha Speaker adjourned the house post Gaikwad’s statement.
Situation was defused only when SS Ahluwalia and Home Minister Rajnath Singh intervened. Ahluwalia led Aviation minister to his chamber while Singh made every attempt to reason with Anant Geete.
Amidst prevailing chaos during arguments between BJP and Shiv Sena MPs, someone was heard shouting, “won’t let airlines fly from Mumbai.”
Shiv Sena MPs were upset with Raju’s brief but pointed remarks following Gaikwad’s statement in which the Sena MP denied any wrongdoing on his part and instead accused Air India officials of misbehaving with him and sought action against them, especially the airline’s CMD.
He 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 after he allegedly beat up an Air India officer with slippers.
Gaikwad told parliament, “I apologise to the Parliament if I’ve caused any hurt, but not to the Air India official… What sin have I committed? What’s my fault that there’s been a media trial even without any inquiry?”
Raju said it was up to Gaikwad to decide if he wanted to defuse the matter or aggravate it, asserting that what has happened is as per the law which will take its own course.
Refusing any preferential treatment to the Sena member, he said the matter was not about an MP but a passenger.
“Aircraft is a machine where people fly. Safety is important. Safety cannot be compromised,” Raju said, apparently justifying the ban on Gaikwad.
His reply provoked the agitating Sena members who trooped out of their seats and surrounded Raju’s seat in the front row.
Before Raju spoke, Geete too joined his colleagues in condemning the action against Gaikwad and appeared to be taking a dig at the central govenment, saying it is a people’s government but the “one-sided decision” was “shameful and tragic”.
Raju sat quietly as the Sena members, including Geete, shouted at him in anger.
After several adjournments, the Home Minister sought to defuse the crisis by telling the House that the Civil Aviation Minister will talk to “all stakeholders to reach an amicable solution.