Mum’s The Word For MP Diwakar

Chastised after his outburst against IndiGo personnel last month, the MP has refused to react on TruJet’s denial to fly him to Vijayawada.

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

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  1. July 18, 2017

    […] Sources say the MP has discussed the airlines’ ban against him with Minister for Finance and Defence Arun Jaitley, who is also a noted lawyer. Jaitley suggested that Diwakar Reddy resolve the issue in an amicable fashion.  More: Mum’s The Word For MP Diwakar […]

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Air Travel Ban On TDP MP Goes

JC Diwakar Reddy will henceforth be able to fly anywhere he wants to. He had to take a chartered flight to Delhi for casting his vote in the Presidential poll, as commercial airlines in India had refused to fly him.

Hyderabad: Airline companies in India have on Wednesday lifted their ban on TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy from travelling by their flights.

The ban was first imposed by IndiGo on June 15 when the Anantapur MP got abusive after he was denied a boarding pass to Hyderabad from Visakhapatnam. He had arrived just 28 minutes before the flight, leading to the airlines’ refusal to let him fly. There is a video recording of Diwakar Reddy on the issue, which also shows him enraged and attempting to throw on the ground a printer of the airline company.

Following the IndiGo ban, other airline companies – Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Go Air and Air Asia, also refused to fly the TDP MP. So much so, he flew to Delhi by a chartered flight hired by his son to exercise his franchise in the Presidential poll.

The lifting of the ban comes just two days before the Hyderabad High Court is scheduled to hear a case filed by the MP questioning why the airlines have prevented him from flying. He argued in his petition that imposing a ban without a proper inquiry was unlawful and contrary to the rights accorded by the Constitution.

It may be recalled that the Hyderabad High Court refused to revoke the ban on him unless it had heard the other side of the issue. Accordingly, the court issued notices to various airline companies that imposed the ban, as also to the Aviation Ministry and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The court asked these parties to file their affidavits before July 21 when the case will come up again for hearing.

To perhaps avoid any possible awkward moments in the High Court, IndiGo and Air India announced lifting of the air travel ban against Diwakar Reddy on Wednesday, two days before the hearing. The other airline companies too are understood to have followed suit.

Understandably, the TDP MP has had his way and “upheld his prestige.” Even Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had asked him to resolve the travel ban issue against him “personally and swiftly”, after discussing the issue with Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who also belongs to the Telugu Desam Party.

But Diwakar Reddy instead approached the High Court seeking lifting of the ban. The pressure he thus sought to exercise on airline companies seems to have yielded result.

Prior to the episode involving Diwakar Reddy, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad too had been banned from flying by airline companies when he beat with his slippers a senior employee of Air India on March 23 of this year. The Sena MP was peeved that he did not get to travel by business class. The Air India flight from Mumbai on that day was, incidentally, fully economy class. The ban on Gaikwad was later lifted following an apology.

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HC Refuses To Lift Flying Ban Against JC

The court asks whether the travel company run by the MP’s family allows unruly people to travel in its buses.

Hyderabad:  The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday refused to lift the ban imposed by various airlines against air travel by Telugu Desam MP JC Diwakar Reddy.

While hearing the case, the court asked whether Diwakar Reddy, whose family runs a road travel company, allows passengers to travel even if they behave in an unruly manner. It is well known that Diwakar Travels, which plies buses in the Telugu States as also the neighbouring States, is run by the JC family.

“Will this agency allow passengers, who violate safety rules, to travel in its buses?” the judge asked.

The court also clarified that it cannot pass an order unless it has heard the other side of the issue.

It, however, issued notices to various airline companies that imposed the ban as also the Aviation Ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). It asked them to file their affidavits before July 21, when the case will come up again for hearing.   

The TDP MP, who approached the High Court on the ban issue, argued in his plea that imposing a ban without a proper inquiry was unlawful and contrary to the rights accorded by the Constitution.   More: TDP MP Approaches Hyderabad High Court Against Air Travel Ban

It may be recalled that the Anantapur MP had allegedly behaved in an unruly fashion with the staff of Indigo Airlines at Visakhapatnam Airport. The airline banned him from travelling with it. Other airlines too followed suit.

As a result, Diwakar Reddy had to fly by a chartered plane to Delhi to vote in the President’s election.

Sources say the MP has discussed the airlines’ ban against him with Minister for Finance and Defence Arun Jaitley, who is also a noted lawyer. Jaitley suggested that Diwakar Reddy resolve the issue in an amicable fashion.  More: Mum’s The Word For MP Diwakar

Airlines that have imposed a travel ban on him include Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Go Air and Air Asia.

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TDP MP Approaches Hyderabad High Court Against Air Travel Ban

Diwakar Reddy has taken legal recourse for lifting of air travel ban imposed against him by several domestic airline companies. This is surprising because he could as well have approached his TDP colleague and Civil Aviation Minister for a quicker solution.

Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party MP from Anantapur, JC Diwarkar Reddy, has petitioned the Hyderabad High Court seeking lifting of air travel ban against him by several airline companies in the country.

The TDP MP approaching the High Court is a bit surprising, as he could have sought waiver of the ban from Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who belongs to his own party. It may be recalled that following the Aviation Minister’s intervention, ban on air travel by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was lifted after the latter had tendered an apology. Before that, all domestic airlines had refused to fly Gaikwad, as he had assaulted an Air India employee aboard an aircraft in the third week of May.

Diwakar Reddy’s petition filed on Tuesday comes soon after AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked the MP to resolve the issue “personally and swiftly”. Naidu had also advised him to approach the Aviation Minister “to put an end to the travel ban controversy”. Naidu’s suggestion came after TruJet refused to issue him a boarding pass for a flight to Vijayawada last Sunday. TrueJet’s refusal came in the wake of several airline organisations imposing a ban against letting Diwakar travel by air, as he had misbehaved with the staff of IndiGo Airlines a month ago.    More: Resolve Air Travel Ban Issue, AP CM Tells Diwakar

The TDP MP, in his plea, requested the High Court to rule the ban against him as “illegal”. He has made the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Air India, Jet Airways, Vistara Airlines, IndiGo, GoAir, Air Asia, SpiceJet and Turbo Megha Airways as respondents to his petition.

He alleged that though he had reported well within time, IndiGo Airlines did not issue a boarding pass to him. He pointed out that no complaint was filed against him by the said airline regarding the incident.

However, there is CCTV footage revealing the MP creating a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam Airport last month after he was not issued a boarding pass by IndiGo for being late.   More: Mum’s The Word For MP Diwakar

The Anantapur MP has sought direction from the High Court declaring the action of respondents in imposing flying ban on him as “illegal, arbitrary, violation of the principle of natural justice” and to forthwith allow the petitioner to fly on all domestic flights.

He contended that the ban should be lifted as the Parliament session is expected to commence from July 17. Since he is an MP and a senior citizen, the ban imposed on him would result in a lot of difficulties.

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  1. July 18, 2017

    […] The TDP MP, who approached the High Court on the ban issue, argued in his plea that imposing a ban without a proper inquiry was unlawful and contrary to the rights accorded by the Constitution.   More: TDP MP Approaches Hyderabad High Court Against Air Travel Ban […]

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Resolve Air Travel Ban Issue, AP CM Tells Diwakar

Naidu has asked the TDP MP from Anantapur to resolve the flight travel ban against him “personally and swiftly”. He may take the help of the Aviation Minister to settle the issue.

Amaravati:  Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu has asked Anantapur MP JC Diwakar Reddy to resolve the travel ban issue against him “personally and swiftly”. The CM suggested that he discuss the same with Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and put an end to the travel ban controversy.

It may be recalled that last month, the MP had created a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam Airport as IndiGo Airlines, with which he was to fly, did not issue him a boarding pass as he had arrived late. Diwakar had then misbehaved with the IndiGo staff and tried to destroy the printer at the counter. Following this, several airlines imposed a travel ban against him and the issue became national.

Two days ago, TruJet did not allow the MP to travel on its flight. After these incidents, Naidu is said to have interfered and advised the MP to close the issue. He also suggested that people in politics should be patient.

The behaviour of the MP at Visakhapatnam airport has been recorded by the CCTV cameras there. As such, Naidu feels that he should apologise to the IndiGo staff and let the matter rest.

It is not known how Ashok Gajapathi Raju will respond. Like Shiva Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who was allowed to fly after apologising to the staff, Diwakar may also be asked to do the same.

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  1. July 12, 2017

    […] Diwakar Reddy’s petition filed on Tuesday comes soon after AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked the MP to resolve the issue “personally and swiftly”. Naidu had also advised him to approach the Aviation Minister “to put an end to the travel ban controversy”. Naidu’s suggestion came after TruJet refused to issue him a boarding pass for a flight to Vijayawada last Sunday. TrueJet’s refusal came in the wake of several airline organisations imposing a ban against letting Diwakar travel by air, as he had misbehaved with the staff of IndiGo Airlines a month ago.    More: Resolve Air Travel Ban Issue, AP CM Tells Diwakar […]

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JC Flies To Europe Leaving Naidu With The Can

TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy flies to Europe along with family leaving all the issues regarding his ruckus at Vizag airport to Naidu to resolve.

Amaravati: TDP MP Diwakar Reddy left to Europe on Friday night along with his family even after he was barred by Domestic airlines due to his unruly behaviour at Vizag airport.

This incident caused a big headache to CM Naidu who called upon his brother Prabhakar Reddy and aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju to solve the issue as early as possible.

JC Diwakar Reddy will return from Paris after 10 days and Naidu wants to sort out all the issues before he lands in AP.

There was severe criticism on Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju for not taking any action on his fellow MP. Initial reply of the minister was that law will be followed once the enquiry is completed. But he took a U-turn and said there is no need of enquiry as the entire incident is recorded on CCTV.

Prabhakar Reddy, brother of MP Diwakar Reddy, said that the tour was planned long ago and it is something the family does every year. He also said that he was supposed to join them but was stuck up due to personal work.

There was no clue about the holiday destination for which the MP left in a hurry by Emirates flight.

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Ashok Gajapathi Raju Condemned Reports On Helping JC

Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju condemned reports that he intervened in JC’s ruckus at Vizag airport and took him aside.

Vizag: After National Media buzzed that Ashok Gajapathi Raju made his colleague MP Diwakar Reddy to travel on the flight keeping aside of his unruly behaviour against Indigo staff.

He clarified on Twitter by saying that there is no such intervention as reported in national media. He also clarified that the entire incident at airport will be enquired and will find out the exact details .

He said that once enquiry gets completed lawful action will follow.

It was reported that Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju was in the lounge when JC ruckus happened at Vizag airport on Thursday. Minister was about to travel to Vijayawada from Vishakapatnam.

Will he take the lawful action against JC or push it under the carpet as he is an MP from ruling party?.

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JC, Why This Ruckus?

TDP MP J.C.Diwakar Reddy created ruckus in Vizag airport. Is there any particular reason for this anguish and anger?

Vizag: TDP MP Diwakar Reddy has to travel to Hyderabad from Vizag by Indigo airways. By the time he reached airport, Boarding counter was closed as the time was over.

Usually hot tempered Diwakar Reddy raised his voice and demanded a boarding pass as he is an MP. Staff of Indigo airways refused to oblige as it is against the rules and regulations.

Diwakar Reddy became furious with the reply from Indigo staff and pushed down the Boarding Pass Printing Machine. Air Indigo Staff has complained about this issue to higher authorities.

This is not the first time JC is in news for wrong reasons. But today’s frustration has strong reasons as per his aides. His son-in-law Deepka Reddy was arrested in land grabbing case in Telangana which is an issue to be discussed in TDP executive meeting at Amaravati. The executive has since suspended Deepak Reddy from the party.

At the same time, Diwakar travels is also facing troubles which was stopped near to Hyderabad on NH 44(Bangalore-Hyderabad High way). He is not comfort in TDP as his followers are giving feedback of anti-incumbency in Ananthpur district against TDP.

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  1. June 27, 2017

    […] Responding to the directions of the court, the Principal Secretary of transport department filed an affidavit, giving a clean chit to the bus and travel company and also added that all provisions of the Motor Transport Workers Act, 1961 were followed.  More: JC, Why This Ruckus? […]

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Diwakar Reddy Bats For Second Term For Naidu

TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy wants a second term for CM Naidu in the next elections. He expressed fears over election of Jagan as CM and asserted that only Naidu can solve the post-bifurcation problems.

Ananthapur: Telugu Desam MP J C Diwakar Reddy, who is known for making sensational statements very frequently, was at it again on Friday when he addressed a meeting organized to mark the launching of the “Eruvaka,” the beginning of the agriculture season at Rayadurgam in Ananthapur district.

Diwakar Reddy said that the State was pushed into several problems including the revenue deficit after the bifurcation. The State had to resolve all the issues on priority to set the administration and development on the track, he said and added that it was possible only for Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. He claimed that Naidu was doing a great job balancing both welfare and development in the State during the last three years of the post-bifurcation period. He further claimed that it was possible only for Chandrababu Naidu to address all these issues and resolve the post-bifurcation crisis.

The controversial MP said that Chandrababu Naidu was developing the State with his commitment, dedication and clear vision. He asserted the need to give Chandrababu Naidu another term in the 2019 elections to continue the development and rescue the State from the present crisis.

Diwakar Reddy expressed fears over the future of the State if Chandrababu Naidu was defeated and Jagan Mohan Reddy was elected. He said that the State would get ruined if Jagan Mohan Reddy was elected as Chief Minister and cautioned the people not to back the YSR Congress chief in the next elections.

The MP said that the State has to build its own capital, complete the prestigious Polavaram Project and rescue the State from the revenue deficit, besides continuing the welfare programme and developmental activities. All this was possible only for Chandrababu Naidu, he asserted.

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JC Flays Jagan, Pats Naidu

Speaking in Pamidi on Thursday, JC Diwakar Reddy tried to justify his act of joining TDP. He explained to people since he did not find a better alternative in the State, he joined the ruling party

Anantapur: Rayalaseema senior leader JC Diwakar Reddy made sensational remarks on Thursday. While criticising YSRCP, he tried to justify his decision to join the Telugu Desam Party (TDP). He openly admitted that he joined TDP as there was no better alternative in the State. He said that he did not join YSRCP because he was not confident of Jagan’s abilities. “He is not fit for politics,” he observed. And Congress lost its charisma and is in internal strife, so I chose TDP, he explained.

“All those who want to realise their dreams must vote for Chandrababu Naidu next time also,” he suggested. He was speaking at ‘Niru-Miru’ programme held at Pamidi in Anantapur district on Thursday.

Accepting that he too has a bit of feeling for caste, he said that he is not the kind of a person, who hates other castes. “Even I want to be on Jagan’s side. But what can he do? He is just a ‘vedhava’ (stupid). I’m sorry, maybe I shouldn’t use such words, I withdraw it. Since Jagan is inefficient and there is no efficient leader around, under unavoidable circumstances I joined TDP. Amongst all the leaders, it is Naidu who has the ability to develop the State. Hence I joined his party.” he said.

However, he questioned how Naidu would be able to complete Polavaram by 2019. Reminding that a machine was destroyed after spending Rs. 80 crores and it would take three or four months to replace it, he talked about the losses and delays. The fact is that Naidu’s goals are big and good. We need to vote for him for our sake and for the sake of our children, Diwakar Reddy Reddy said.

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Ananthapur, Kurnool left in the lurch: JC

Hyderabad: In what is seen as a startling revelation, Telugu Desam MP JC Diwakar Reddy has poured out his heart, saying   that it would have been better if the Rayalaseema districts of Ananthapur and Kurnool were merged into Telangana State during bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Diwakar Reddy who represents Ananthapur visited the Telangana Assembly here on Wednesday and expressed his dismay at the loss being suffered by the two districts in irrigation sector.

He interacted with Finance Minister E Rajender for some time and spoke on the issue. Rajender in turn asked him whether the two districts are getting waters from Srisailam project. To this, Diwakar Reddy said that if  the two districts were included in Telangana, he would have asked Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to give them  water for irrigation, and  would have  questioned  KCR whether they  did not belong to Telangana.

Diwakar Reddy deplored that bifurcation of the State has left the in the lurch. He said that the two districts have adversely suffered due to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Development of the districts is relying on the mercy of chief ministers, he bemoaned. Diwakar Reddy also met his former colleague and opposition leader K Jana Reddy and shared similar views. –NSS

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