Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly had a verbal fight with cops over non-functioning of ATMs at Latur in Marathwada region. Videos of the spat between Gaikwad, his supporters and police have gone viral on social media now. Gaikwad is seen arguing with a police officer, during a protest over non-functioning ATMs in the video.
Actually, the Lok Sabha member from adjacent Osmanabad constituency, Gaikwad had sent his aide to withdraw money from an ATM at Latur. However, his man returned empty-handed as the ATM had run out of cash. As this happened with a few other ATMs too, the Sena MP decided to stage a protest with his supporters outside an ATM.
But when policemen reached and demanded Gaikwad to stop his protest as it was hindering the traffic, the Sena MP allegedly yelled at them, police said.
However, stating his version of the incident, Gaikwad said, “There is no money in the ATMs for the last 15 days. What should we do? They (the BJP-led government) asked us to give them 50 days (after demonetisation, for normalisation of financial transactions). We gave them 100 days, then 200 days. It is the job of the (Union) Finance Minister and the Finance Minister of Maharashtra. It is also the job of the Guardian Minister of Latur district to rectify the situation.”