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BJP MP Fined For Violating Delhi Odd-Even Rule, Claims It Was 'Protest'

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Senior BJP leader Vijay Goel at Delhi Pradesh BJP Office on January 16, 2015 in New Delhi, India. Former AAP leader Shazia Ilmi Friday joined the BJP today. Ilmi had contested and narrowly lost the December 2013 assembly elections on AAP ticket. AAP also fielded her in the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh where she finished a distant fifth. Polling in Delhi will be held on February 7 and the counting of votes will take place on February 10. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- BJP MP Vijay Goel today violated the odd-even scheme following which he was fined ₹2,000 by the traffic police even as Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai visited his residence earlier requesting him to refrain from breaking rules by offering roses.

Goel was challaned near Raisina Road, on his way to Parliament. The BJP leader was also fined an additional ₹1,500 for driving without licence and vehicle insurance.

On Friday, Goel had announced that he would violate odd-even rules today in protest against "huge expenditure" incurred by the AAP government on advertisements, regarding the scheme, for its "political posturing."

"I have been imposed the fine of ₹2,000 for violating odd-even rules. Besides, I have been slapped fine of ₹1,500 for driving without licence and vehicle insurance," Goel said.

He later clarified that his driving licence and insurance papers were with his drivers.

The Rajya Sabha MP asked the Delhi government to disclose the amount spent on advertisements.

Goel said his protest was against "political posturing" by AAP which he alleged is using odd-even scheme's advertising budget to "plaster Kejriwal's photo everywhere".

Noting that BJP is "never" against any good scheme, he said, "I am for any endeavour that reduces pollution and congestion or brings relief to the people of Delhi."

Transport Minister Gopal Rai had gone to Goel's residence this morning and offered roses to him urging not to violate the scheme.

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