Won’t attend NDA meet if ban on Gaikwad not lifted: Shiv Sena

The Shiv Sena Thursday threatened to boycott the NDA meeting on April 10 if the flying ban on its MP Ravindra Gaikwad, imposed by domestic airlines after he beat up an Air India officer, is not lifted.

Party sources said Heavy Industries Minister and Shiv Sena member Anant Geete and Civil Aviation Minister Gajapati Raju had a meeting after the ruckus in Lok Sabha.

Addressing a news conference, party MP Sanjay Raut said there is a conspiracy behind the ban and the party will expose it at an appropriate time with “evidence,” as he refrained from taking the BJP’s name.

However, in private, the party feels that the BJP is behind the delay in revoking the travel ban.

“If separatists, rapists and terrorists are allowed to travel on flights, then why not an MP? There are so many MPs, who are involved in agitation. Are you (the airlines) going to impose a travel ban on them as well?

“We will not attend the NDA meeting on April 10 if the travel ban on Gaikwad is not revoked,” Raut said, noting that this is an “instruction from party chief Uddhav Thackeray.”

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