‘Our government has not banned it yet’, Arup Biswas explains
Defying the centre’s ban on red beacon on vehicles, a West Bengal minister invited controversy by sporting one on his car on Monday.
Asked the reason for his action by the media, minister for public works department Arup Biswas told news agency ANI, “Our government has not banned it yet.”
The centre, in its order, had said that no minister would use the lal batti, which gives them the right of way on roads, from May onwards. Many lawmakers did not wait for May 1 for the order to roll out and got rid of their beacons. In April, the PM had said that only ambulances and vehicles used in emergency would be allowed to display the lal batti.
Incidentally, espousing the philosophy that ostensibly brought about the ban, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has emphasised several times during her current term that she is an an “LIP” (Least Important Person).
In his April speech, Modi had said, “New India is not about VIPs, But EPI.” EPI is short of ‘Every Person is Important’.