MP: Congress takes BJP head on in helmet war

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Mar 30, 2015 23:18 IST

Around a decade ago, when Digvijaya Singh was the chief minister, an attempt had been made to make wearing helmet compulsory. At that time the BJP had taken to the streets to oppose the move and finally it had to be scrapped.

Now, the shoe is on the other foot.

It is a BJP government, and the Congress is now opposing the move.

On Monday, the Rajiv Vikas Kendra, a front organisation of the Congress, took out a ‘funeral’ of the ‘helmet’ and marched to the DIG office at Rani Sarai, where members handed over a memorandum to the police opposing the move.

The Kendra’s executive president Devendra Singh Yadav said that if their demands are not met then they are going to call for an Indore bandh.

“Let the people decide, if they want helmet then implement it, if not then scrap the move,” he said.

Yadav argued that helmets should be made compulsory along the Ring Road and bypass where vehicles move at a high speed.

“Inside the city, the average speed is only 10 km per hour as it is crowded and wearing helmets restricts vision so there are (more) chances of accidents,” Yadav added.

He said that that if the administration is arguing that they are implementing orders of the high court to make people wear helmets, then they should implement all the orders, including the high court order which says that the administration should break all illegal buildings in the city -- there are around 400.

BJP city unit president Kailash Sharma said that they opposed the move to make helmets compulsory around a decade back for a different reason.

“At that time the Congress government was attempting to dump helmets that had been manufactured by Digvijaya Singh’s cronies, so we opposed it,” Sharma said.

The police have been implementing the drive since November 1.

In that month 25,477 persons were fined. The drive lost it sting in the subsequent months as a result of which compliance levels also dropped.

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