His ticket for the return flight scheduled on March 24 has also been cancelled

Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Ravindra Gaekwad will no longer be allowed on Air India flights post his assaulting a 60-year-old airline employee on a Pune-Delhi flight on March 23. His ticket for the return flight scheduled on March 24 has also been cancelled by the airline.

The MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra reacted spectacularly to not having been allotted a business class seat aboard the flight – he had a business class ticket – and beat duty manager Shiv Kumar with his slipper “25 times” when the airline employee politely asked him to disembark after the plane landed in Delhi.

Despite having been given a seat in the front row by the staff to ensure VIP treatment, Gaekwad refused to leave. A stewardess’ repeated appeals to his better self, citing him to be a “role model” and “democratic leader”, fell on deaf ears.

Strangely enough, Gaekwad expressed no remorse to the media when asked about the incident, insisting that Kumar, not he, apologise. The MP was also among 11 others who force-fed a chapatti to a Muslim Maharashtra Sadan employee for not being served food of their choice even though he had been fasting for Ramzan.

“God save our country if this is the culture of our politicians and MPs,” Kumar had written in his complaint.

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has sought a report to determine facts before deciding the course of action on disciplining the legislator.

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