Members of Parliament unite to protest against odd-even rule in Delhi

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Members of Parliament cutting across political lines objected in one voice to odd-even rule and its limitations in Delhi.

As the Budget session resumed on 25 April, MPs attending Parliament faced the rule, which bans private cars on alternate days, is in place till April 30.

Speaking in Rajya Sabha when the odd-even rule was being discussed, leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the MPs should be relieved from this rule when Parliament is in session.

Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi promised to see the matter. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal organised a bus to take MPs to Parliament, but it went empty.

As the Budget session resumed on 25 April, MPs attending Parliament faced the odd-even rule for the first time. The rule, which bans private cars on alternate days, is in place till April 30.

Many MPs ended up violating the rule as they arrived in cars with even number plates on an odd-numbered date. Only Paresh Rawal of the BJP tweeted his apology. “Made a serious blunder… Sorry to Arvind ji and Delhiites.”

In the Rajya Sabha, Azad said MPs parliamentarians be kept out of the rule as “taxis cannot come into Parliament”.

Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party also complained he found it troublesome to reach Parliament.
Among the lawmakers who did follow the rule was BJP’s Ramesh Bidhuri who without missing a beat said: “Unlike Kejriwal, I follow the law.”

If the those MPs who have made a mistake and apologised, they could be pardoned but those who violated the law routinely would be fined.

Interestingly, an MP get Rs 50,000 per month as salary, Rs 45,000 as constituency allowance, Rs 5,000 for office expenses and Rs 30,000 for secretarial assistance. When Parliament is in session, they are paid an extra allowance of Rs 2000 per day. A common man will be fined Rs 2000 for violating the odd-even rule.