Odd-Even 2.0: Paresh Rawal Apologises To Arvind Kejriwal For Violating The Rule

25/04/2016 3:03 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 22: BJP leader Paresh Rawal leaves after the BJP parliamentary board meeting, on December 22, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Parliament passed the juvenile justice bill, a day after members cutting across party lines agreed that the important legislation should be taken up immediately. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Delhi Transport Corporation's MP Special Bus Service, launched by the Delhi government for ferry lawmakers to Parliament, found few takers this morning.

In view of the Parliament Session, Delhi Government had yesterday announced six air-conditioned special buses to ferry MPs and appealed to them to follow the odd-even scheme.

The 'MP Special' buses ply from 9 AM to 11 AM and 5.30 PM to 8 PM.

In the morning, BJP MPs Ranjan Bhatt and Hari Om Singh Rathore availed the 'MP Special Bus Service' to reach Parliament.

However, BJP MP Paresh Rawal violated the odd-even rule by reaching the House in his even-numbered car following which he apologised to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

"Made a serious blunder by travelling in a odd number car to Parliament ... Sorry to Arvind ji n Delhiite...(sic)," Rawal tweeted.

The BJP MP later tweeted a challan copy, saying he has paid a fine for violating the odd-even rule.

According to government, a help desk has also been set up in Parliament premises to assist lawmakers in availing the bus service.

A senior government official said that keeping security of MPs in mind, some security personnel will also be deployed in these buses.

Members of Parliament have not been given exemption under the odd-even scheme, the second phase of which started on 15 April and will end on 30 April.

The violation of the car-rationing scheme attracts a penalty of Rs 2,000.

The President, The Prime Minister, The Vice-President, union ministers, the Chief Justice of India, judges of high courts, women among others are exempted under it.

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