Leaders across political parties have welcomed the decision of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh governments to ban the use of red beacon atop government vehicles.
The beacons atop the vehicles of Punjab chief minister and his council of ministers have been removed after the Amarinder Singh dispensation decided to put a ban on its use on government vehicles.
In a bid to put an end to VVIP culture, newly- elected Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath has also said no to red beacons.
Congress leader P L Punia told ANI that it was a welcome step and the red beacon culture should end.
Punia, however, said that it was Congress-led Punjab government first to take such a decision after which Adityanath followed.
Echoing similar views, NCP leader Majeed Memon told ANI that red beacon culture must be discouraged as it causes inconvenience to the common people. Memon said that even the Supreme Court had expressed its anguish in this matter.
BJP leader Uma Bharti, however, had a different view on the matter. She reprotedly said, "If any minister is going for his duty, then red beacon and stopping traffic is fine and even a flight can get delayed by five to seven minutes."
Bharti said that sometimes a delay by the minister can cost crores of rupees to the exchequer, so in such cases VIP treatment is fine.
But, she added that if a minister is going for any personal visit then this privilege should not be given to them.