JC Episode Embarrasses Party Chief And Civil Aviation Minister
Hyderabad: JC Diwakar Reddy’s episode is embarrassing AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. It is learnt that he intervened to control the damage and is said to have instructed JC to apologise to the Indigo staff. It is also learnt that Naidu has sent another Rajya Sabha member CM Ramesh to Diwakar’s residence to convince him to tender apology.
Diwakar Reddy who has to leave for Hyderabad in Indigo Airlines from Vizag reached the airport at 7.41 am with the flight scheduled to depart at 8.05 am. He came to know through Indigo staff that Boarding Pass counter has been closed and told the MP that he will be accommodated in next flight.
Boarding Pass Counter is generally closed 45 minutes prior to scheduled time of flight.
Immediately, Diwakar Reddy became angry and started abusing the staff, tried to break the printer which was on the table. Then he pushed an employee into a cabin and bolted the door. The footage shown by TV channels proved that he assaulted an employee. He spoke to Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Ganapatiraju Raju who was present at Vizag airport at that time. The minister has spoken to someone and the MP got a boarding pass and travelled to Hyderabad by the same flight.
Incidentally, it was the day when his nephew Deepak Reddy who was arrested in connection with a land scam in Hyderabad was sacked by the TDP chief.
Protesting against the high-handed and rude behaviour of the MP, Go Air, Air Asia India, Air India, Spice Jet, Jet Airways, and Indigo imposed a ban on JC.
Though an investigation was on in the episode, allegations were levelled against the Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapatiraju, that he was going soft on his party MP.