Bharatiya Janata Party member of Parliament Vijay Goel on Monday violated the odd-even scheme following which he was fined Rs 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 Rs 1,500 for driving without licence and vehicle insurance.
On Friday, Goel had announced that he would violate odd-even rules on Monday in protest against "huge expenditure" incurred by the Aam Aadmi Party 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 Rs 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.
"On my way to Parliament in an odd numbered car to expose #oddevencorruption of AAP. Successful protest against #oddevencorruption, a scheme wid Maximum publicity & minimum effect (sic)," Goel tweeted.
The Rajya Sabha MP asked the Delhi government to disclose the amount spent on advertisements. Goel said his protest was against "political posturing" by the AAP which he alleged is using odd-even scheme's advertising budget to "plaster Kejriwal's photo everywhere".
Noting that the 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 on Monday morning and offered roses to him urging not to violate the scheme.
Image: BJP MP Vijay Goel being presented a rose by Delhi Police official after he violated the odd-even rule as a mark of protest against the scheme during in New Delhi. Image: PTI