After the government decided to ban red beacons atop cars of all ministers, politicians and bureaucrats from May 1, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has decided that he will shift the red light from his car but will fit it on his head so that he do not loses his VIP status. He has already asked a mechanic to carry out the installment on April-30.
Ravindra Gaikwad is the same politician who hit an Air India staff member with slippers as he was forced to travel in the economy class though he had an business class ticket because the flight was all economy class
Gaikwad said, “I will not be breaking any law. Government has only asked to remove it from car. I am removing it but in order to have my VIP status, I will fit it on my head. This way even when I will travel by air, people will know I am an MP who is a VIP and should be treated specially”
He further added, “I did all the hard work to become MP so that one day I will be a VIP with red light on my car and now suddenly you cannot take that away. It’s the symbol such as this red light which makes us powerful and gives us a feel good”
His party Shiv Sena too is aligned to his thoughts and its mouthpiece ‘Saamna’ criticized Narendra Modi heavily for the decision. It said “Politicians are not common people of India and the government cannot take away the VIP status and privileges. It has become a fashion now to hold politicians responsible for everything. Politicians did not start the VIP culture, it’s the common man who treats us like VIP and the common man is responsible for VIP culture”.
Arvind Kejriwal, who criticizes BJP 5 times a day also termed the decision as stupid. On being reminded that it was AAP which first started this initiative of removing VIP culture, Kejriwal said, “Yes it was AAP but since now BJP is implementing the idea it is wrong”