Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has again created headlines after the power drunk leader was seen doing argument with cops during a protest staged by his supporters against non-functioning of ATMs in Latur district. This happened with a few others ATMs, prompting the Sena MP to go out and stage a protest with his supporters outside an ATM. However, the aide returned empty handed, saying the ATM had run out of cash. The police officials said that the protest was disrupting the traffic.
Female customers said that they were thankful to Gaikwad for arguing with the bank manager by staging a "dharna" at the SBI ATM. They (the BJP-led government) asked us to give them 50 days (after demonetisation, for normalisation of financial transactions). "Once we get the go-ahead from him, we will make them public", one official said. The incident comes on a day when Air India is believed to have written to the Delhi Police asking why action has not been taken yet on the complaint filed against Mr Gaikwad for assaulting a manager of the airline last month.
Earlier today, Air India announced a plan to provide more autonomy to its managers at airports under a stricter framework being prepared to deal with unruly fliers. Taking retributive action, the national carrier canceled Gaikwad's return ticket to Pune after he boastfully asserted he would board the afternoon flight.