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Journalists question BJP MP Paresh Rawal as he arrives in a even-digit car during the beginning of the second part of the Budget session at Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: AFP
Journalists question BJP MP Paresh Rawal as he arrives in a even-digit car during the beginning of the second part of the Budget session at Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: AFP

Odd-even: MPs demand exemption from scheme

MPs say the odd even scheme Is stopping them from discharging their duties

New Delhi: The odd-even scheme of the Delhi government on Monday came under attack in the both the houses of Parliament with members demanding that they be exempted from the scheme.

Initiating discussion on exemption in the Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party (SP) member of Parliament (MP) Naresh Aggarwal alleged it has done so to insult the MPs.

Opposition party members from the Congress backed Aggarwal. Leader of opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad and deputy leader Anand Sharma said that the scheme was stopping them from discharging their duties.

Deputy chairman of the house, P J Kurien asked the parliamentary affairs minister to discuss the issue with the Delhi government.

Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai told reporters that since only four days of the second phase were left, MP’s would not be exempted from the scheme.

He said, “We’ re ready to make public transport arrangement for them (MP’s)."

To make travel arrangements for parliamentarians, the Delhi government from Monday has started special shuttle buses for them to reach Parliament. The buses ply from 9am to 11am and 5:30pm to 8pm. However, only a few MP’s used the buses to reach the Parliament in the morning.

BJP MP Paresh Rawal violated the odd-even rule by reaching the House in his even-numbered car. He later apologised to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and also paid a fine.

“Made a serious blunder by travelling in a odd number car to Parliament. Sorry to Arvind ji n Delhiite," Rawal said on Twitter.

The odd-even scheme, in its second phase, has been implemented by the Delhi government from 15-30 April which bans cars from plying on alternate days. The list of exceptions include VIPs including the President, Prime Minister, women and emergency vehicles. Central cabinet ministers are also exempted, however MP’s are not included in the list.

PTI contributed to this story.

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