The traffic police officer tried to penalise him but BJP MLA refused to take the challan.(HT photo)
The traffic police officer tried to penalise him but BJP MLA refused to take the challan.(HT photo)

BJP legislator puts plate saying ‘chowkidar’ on car in Cong-ruled MP, fined

The Khandwa traffic police on Tuesday issued a challan against BJP MLA Ram Dangore for displaying ‘Chowkidar Pandhana’ on a plate put up just above his vehicles registration number plate.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shruti Tomar
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 10:59 PM IST

The Khandwa traffic police on Tuesday issued a challan against BJP MLA Ram Dangore for displaying ‘Chowkidar Pandhana’ on a plate put up just above his vehicles registration number plate.

The challan was issued for violation of Section 51 of the Motor Vehicles Act for improper display of number plate on the front of the vehicle, said Siddharth Bahuguna, superintendent of police, Khandwa.

SP Bahuguna said, “MLA Ram Dangore’s vehicle was stopped on Monday evening by the traffic police for violation of Motor Vehicles Act. The size of the front number plate was not as per the rules and they have pasted a bigger sized plate just above the number plate in the name of Chowkidar Pandhana. Pandhana is the name of his constituency.”

The traffic police officer tried to penalise him but Dangore refused to take the challan. The traffic police sent the challan through the court on Tuesday, said Bahuguna.

However, MLA Ram Dangore alleged that he was being harassed as part of a campaign against BJP members.

Dangore said, “Traffic police personnel stopped my vehicle and said I couldn’t write Chowkidar on my vehicle as it was a violation of the model code of conduct (MCC). I told them that it is just a term and not associated with any political party. But they didn’t listen to me and asked me to pay the penalty. I asked them to show a ruling which suggests that displaying chowkidar is a violation of the MCC. When they failed to show me anything, they allowed me to go.”

“However, on Tuesday afternoon, I came to know that the traffic police had issued a challan against me saying that I had violated the Motor Vehicles Act. The police are working on the directions of the Congress-led state government and are harassing BJP leaders,” he alleged.

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