Seeking exemption, MPs in both houses expressed displeasure with Delhi government’s odd-even scheme, saying it’s getting in the way of their work
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s pet odd-even scheme came for a scathing attack in Parliament yesterday with members alleging it would “generate corruption” and was aimed at “insulting” MPs as they sought exemption from the scheme to attend Parliament.
Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Jan Adhikar Party chief Pappu Yadav spoke out against the scheme. Pics/PTI
Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav contended that the scheme would not help CNG companies and companies manufacturing buses and cars and would hardly reduce pollution. He said Kejriwal had introduced the scheme to gain “cheap popularity.”
In the Rajya Sabha, Naresh Agrawal from (SP) made a strong pitch for exempting MPs from the scheme as has been done for some other sections, a view that found resonance among most of parties as well as Deputy Chairman of the House PJ Kurien.
Agrawal said, “The Delhi government did not exempt the MPs deliberately in order to insult them even as many others were exempted. Ever since the odd-even scheme has been launched, we are facing problems.”
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Congress Deputy Leader Anand Sharma backed the views saying the scheme was coming in the way of discharging their duties. Kurien also supported the sentiments and asked why did the Parliamentary Affairs Minister not take up the matter with the Delhi government. Wondering how the scheme could be implemented when Parliament was in session, Congress leader Anand Sharma urged the Centre to take a call and insisted. His party colleague Rajiv Shukla said, “the only solution is that MP-labelled cars should be exempted.”
There will be no change in the Delhi government’s notification on the odd-even scheme to exempt MPs but the AAP will work to address their issues, Transport Minister Gopal Rai said yesterday. "There are just four days left and by the time any change in the notification is effected, the scheme will itself end," he said.
Few MPs make use of DTC’s special bus
DTC’s MP Special Bus Service, six air-conditioned buses for MPs launched by the Delhi government to ferry lawmakers to Parliament, found few takers yesterday. In the morning, BJP MPs Ranjan Bhatt and Hari Om Singh Rathore availed the service. However, BJP MP Paresh Rawal violated the rule by using his even-numbered car, following which he apologised to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Mallya to be expelled from Rajya sabha
Independent MP and liquor baron Vijay Mallya is all set to face expulsion from Rajya Sabha, with a Parliamentary panel examining the matter related to his alleged loan default of over R9,400 crore, yesterday unanimously favouring such action. At the same time, the Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha decided to give Mallya one week time to explain his conduct, which the members said is a "procedural formality."
IITs to teach Sanskrit
IITs have been asked to teach Sanskrit language for facilitating study of science and technology as reflected in its literature, Lok Sabha was told yesterday. A panel in its report had suggested that IITs may facilitate study of science and technology as reflected in Sanskrit literature along with inter-disciplinary study of Sanskrit and modern subjects, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said in a written reply.
Rijiju lashes out at Chidambaram
Union minister Kiren Rijiju yesterday accused former Home Minister P Chidambaram of making a "delirious attempt to escape" in the Ishrat Jahan controversy by saying an Under Secretary had signed the second affidavit contradicting an earlier submission that the 19-year-old girl was an LeT activist. "An Under Secretary signs in an affidavit only after the minister approves," Rijiju said.