In the run-up to the odd-even policy trial period, both the Congress and the BJP had criticised the AAP government’s planning and expressed doubts about its execution. However, when the policy was finally implemented Friday, the opposition parties participated, in letter and spirit, throughout the day.
Despite expressing reservations about whether the policy would succeed, the BJP followed it to the T.
Of the 15 cars parked outside the BJP headquarters at Ashoka Road at any given point in the day, majority were odd-numbered vehicles.
The few which were even-numbered had CNG stickers pasted on them; CNG vehicles are exempt from the policy.
There wasn’t much activity at the party office Friday, other than people occasionally dropping in with bouquets and boxes of sweets to celebrate the new year.
BJP MP Vijay Goel decided to mark the day by forgoing his car and hopping on to a cycle.
“I am going to cycle from my Ashoka Road residence to Hanuman Mandir in Connaught Place,” said Goel, as he and some other BJP members cycled past some amused onlookers.
A few metres from the BJP office, some civil defence volunteers at Janpath waited with a bunch of roses, which would soon be offered to violators.
At the BJP’s state office on Pandit Pant Marg, the scene was markedly different. Only two odd-numbered vehicles were parked outside the office and by evening, the area was virtually vehicle-free.
There wasn’t much activity at the Congress’ office Friday, as the party’s Delhi unit president Ajay Maken was out of town. The only vehicles parked there were two-wheelers.
Meanwhile, the All India Congress Committee office at Akbar Road was abuzz with activity and almost completely compliant with the policy.
Most of the vehicles here were odd-numbered while a solitary even-numbered ambassador was parked in a far corner and looked like it hadn’t been taken out in a while.