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TDP MP banned by domestic airlines flies to Europe

HYDERABAD: TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy, who has been banned by all domestic airlines from flying over his alleged unruly behaviour at the Visakhapatnam airport, flew to Europe on Friday night as part of his annual family vacation.

According to J C Prabhakar Reddy, brother of the Anantapur MP, the tour was planned well in advance, reports PTI.

It is something the family does every year, he said.

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“He and his family left for vacation last night. I was also supposed to go along with them. But I could not go due to personal work. What is wrong in his foreign tour? He got his visa long ago. It was not planned yesterday,” Prabhakar, a TDP MLA from Anantapur told PTI today.

He, however, did not disclose the holiday destination as well as the airline his brother took for the overseas trip.

Though the exact duration of the vacation is not exactly known, a TDP leader said it may last seven to 10 days.

Following the June 15 episode, in a show of unity, all major domestic airlines have barred the MP from taking their flights — similar to action taken by the carriers after the incident involving Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad earlier this year.

On Thursday, Reddy was scheduled to fly IndiGo’s flight 6E-608, which departs from Visakhapatnam at 8.10 AM, to Hyderabad. But he reached just 28 minutes before the scheduled departure, according to the airline.

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