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Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad: Will apologise to Parliament, not AI staffer (he beat)

Shiv Sena members of parliament raised anti-Air India slogans in the house Thursday. Photograph: (ANI)

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 06, 2017, 07.27 AM (IST)

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who had assaulted an Air India employee, attended the Lok Sabha proceedings on Thursday for the first time since the incident last month.

"I apologise to the Parliament if I've caused any hurt, but not to the Air India official," he said in the house. 

"Maine kya gunaah kiya? Mera kya apraadh hai ki jaanch ke bina media trial ho raha hai?" he asked. 


Just as the house met, Shiv Sena leader Anandrao Adsul said Gaikwad would be making a statement.

“Either you allow him (to speak) now or later today, he should be allowed (to speak)," he said.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said he can speak during zero hour but not during question hour.

Before Adsul spoke, Sena members raised anti-Air India slogans while Civil Aviation minister Ashok Gajapati Raju was answering a question.

"Goonda raj band karo...Nyay karo, nyay karo (Stop bullying, do justice)" was one of the slogans.

Sena leader and Union minister Ananth Geete requested the Speaker to allow Adsul to speak briefly.

Gaikwad, an MP from Osmanabad, had abused and assaulted a 60-year-old duty manager of Air India with slippers for not being allowed to fly business class despite having boarded an all-economy flight.

(WION with inputs from PTI)

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