Mum’s The Word For MP Diwakar
Vijayawada: TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy on Monday chose to stay mum about TruJet refusing to let him fly to Vijayawada on Sunday morning.
Speaking to media in Vijayawada, he chose not to say anything, stating that his statements were being distorted by the media. “It’s an irony that our lives are dependent on media managements,” Diwakar remarked.
He had a bitter experience at Shamshabad Airport on Sunday when he arrived there in the morning to board a flight to Vijayawada. On recognising him, TruJet staff refused to issue him a boarding pass “thinking that he was on a travel ban list”. As a result, he had to return.
It may be recalled that various airlines had announced a ban on the TDP MP from flying on their aircraft. This was after he had created a ruckus last month when representatives of IndiGo refused to issue him a boarding pass, as he had arrived “very late” at the Visakhapatnam Airport on June 15. Enraged, Diwakar reportedly shouted at the staff, pushed a senior IndiGo official aside and apparently tried to smash a printer on the floor. More: JC Ruckus At Vizag Airport: Naidu Seeks Explanation
This incident got wide publicity, as it had come in the backdrop of another MP, Ravindra Gaikwad of Shiv Sena, assaulting a senior staff of Air India inside an aircraft at the Delhi Airport in April.
According to reports, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu felt disappointed with his party MP’s behaviour and hinted that he (Diwakar) apologise to the IndiGo staff. The MP has not yet complied with it though.
According to a spokesman of TruJet, the staff of the airline were in a dilemma whether or not they should issue a ticket to the MP. He stated that they will be seeking a clarification from the Aviation Minister on the issue to avoid such situations from recurring. More: JC Ruckus: Barred By Five Airlines