While a majority of BJP MPs said the DTC buses deployed for them by the Delhi government were not convenient, one MP decided to board the special air-conditioned bus to go to Parliament Tuesday morning.
Meet Anshul Verma, BJP Lok Sabha MP from Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh, who decided to take the special bus despite having both odd and even-numbered cars.
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On why he took the bus, he said, “There are laws that have been put in place for a common man. These laws apply to us as well. More so, because we are a part of the system which makes these laws. So, if the common man is following the law, why should we demand an exemption?”
Many MPs had protested against the odd-even scheme and demanded cabs to ferry them to Parliament. Verma, however, registered his protest by choosing to follow the rule.
“Everyone has their own style of protest. Some may let the authorities challan them. Every one has the right to protest… For me, participating with people is the right way to protest… This is more about an individual’s way of following rules and abiding by the law,” he said.
Unlike his colleagues, Verma said he did not find the bus inconvenient. “I could have called a ferry but I did not. I thought ‘why not take the DTC bus’,” said Verma.
He added that taking the bus was also his way of protesting the ‘VIP culture’ that many promote by using additional security vehicles.
“We are MPs and have come to attend the Parliament session. We should not act in a way that makes us a burden. We create a ruckus when we ride in a car accompanied by an escort, and with two or three more cars tailing us. We could be decent and act like regular people when we come to the House,” said the MP, who otherwise is not a supporter of odd-even but believes in following rules.
Confirming that he is the only MP who availed the DTC service in the morning, Anup Kumar Sinha, DTC official and incharge of the ‘MP special’, said, “We received information in the morning that only one MP from Hardoi took the bus.”
Transport Minister Gopal Rai said, “Keeping in view today’s experience and following consultations with officials in both Houses of Parliament, it has been decided that the two remaining buses for MPs will be sent back to the DTC fleet from Wednesday.”
Lawyers may be exempted next time
Lawyers will not be exempted from the ongoing phase of the odd-even scheme, the government told the Delhi High Court Tuesday and said it would consider the issue if the scheme comes into force again.