Prime Minister Narendra Modi when proposed the ‘Tiranga Yatra’, a massive week-long people contact programme for his party lawmakers he briefed the dos and don’ts, which included donning helmets painted saffron, white and green and carrying 8-feet-long flags.
But seems like BJP MPs and ministers who took part in the yatra were too excited that they neither bothered of following what ‘Pradhan Sevak’ said nor the traffic rules.
BJP lawmakers were expected to post 500 to 1000 photographs on social media to prove their participation in the yatra and when they did twitterati lashed out at ministers who were seen riding off bikes with much enthusiasm but without helmets.
Minister of state for external affairs General V K Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Piyush Goyal, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Kalraj Mishra were all caught on camera violating traffic rules. V K Singh was riding a scooter without helmet during the Yatra in Ghaziabad while Parrikar rode bike from Port Blair to cellular jail.
PM Modi had asked party MPs to carry out the Tiranga Yatra on two-wheelers and not in cars and visit all corners of the country.
Rajya Sabha MP Bhupendra Yadav while commenting on the yatra had said, “The idea is to strike a chord with the common people. That can’t be done driving in cars. The motor cycle symbolises the aam aadmi,”
The idea behind the yatra might be of getting connected with common man but common man would certainly not like the fact that why rules are meant only for him and not for those sitting in powers.
Now, it would be interesting to see whether traffic police will take any action against these traffic violations by the BJP leaders, since PM Modi always insists that ministers should not enjoy special treatment.
This is how twitterati reacted –
— HImanshu (@imanshu_) August 16, 2016
— Anubhav Khandelwal (@anubhavnews18) August 16, 2016
@manoharparrikar sir ji…helmet nahi pehna aapne during tiranga yatra…pls follow traffic rules..u r a like role model for us…
— Atul Verma (@atulverma84) August 14, 2016