For the past three days, some Members of Parliament have been trying everything under the sun to oppose the Aam Aadmi Party government’s odd-even scheme that doesn’t exempt ministers and government officials.
On Monday, the matter came up for discussion in the Lok Sabha, with some saying the lack of exemption was ‘insulting’.
Despite Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai ruling out extending exemptions to them, many MPs reached the Parliament on Tuesday using an even-numbered car (it was an odd numbered day which allowed only cars with odd-numbered registration numbers).
On Wednesday, the protests got weird with BJP MP Ram Prasad Sharma riding a horse to the Parliament. The animal even had a board with the words “pollution-free vehicle” written on it.
Another BJP MP, Vijay Goel drove to the Parliament in a car which had screen-grabs of headlines from news websites pasted on the sides and the hood of the vehicle. The headlines were from stories that did not put odd-even in a positive light.
“No data to suggest odd-even impact on Delhi’s air: Pollution panel”
“Odd-even formula: Not clean air, it’s the Rs 2000 fine that has Delhiites conforming”
On April 18, Goel was fined Rs 2,000 for violating the odd-even rule, and an addition Rs 1,500 for not possessing his driving licence and insurance papers.
However, he followed the scheme on Wednesday.