In a bizarre defence of its MP’s criminal conduct, the Shiv Sena sought to draw a parallel with comedian Kapil Sharma, who was recently in news for an in-flight brawl with his co-actor, Sunil Grover.
The Shiv Sena’s Leader in Lok Sabha, Anandrao Adsul, on Monday told the parliament that his party demanded an immediate revocation of ban imposed by several airlines against his party MP, Ravindra Gaikwad.
Adsul referred to a recent incident of alleged misbehaviour by comedian Kapil Sharma during a flight from Australia and wondered why no action was taken against him.
To this, the Union Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju said that “we cannot have an unequal approach’ without elaborating further.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told the protesting Shiv Sena MPs that they were not sending a right message.
“Message achha nahi jaa rahi hai (The message going out is not good)… This is not the way,” she said and told the agitating members to discuss and resolve their issues with the Civil Aviation Minister.
The Speaker said the Shiv Sena members were trying to support something that was “wrong”.
“Being a public representative, the incident he (Gaikwad) was involved in, does not send the right message,” she said.
“Mujhe zyaada bholne pe majhboor na kare (Don’t force me to speak more on the issue),” Mahajan said.
Gaikwad was filmed assaulting a 60-year-old staff of Air India last week. The MP had later bragged about his violent act by even daring the Delhi Police to arrest him.
Several airlines had later slapped a flying ban on the MP forcing him to undertake a train journey back to Mumbai.