UP cars take off beacons, party flags amid Yogi's crackdown on VIP culture in state

As per the new order in Uttar Pradesh, no minister in the state will be allowed to use the red beacons atop vehicles.

The change in governance of Uttar Pradesh has brought in a significant change in the car accessory markets of Noida and Ghaziabad. Following the footsteps of Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, newly crowned CM of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath cracked down on the VIP culture in the state.

As per the order, no minister in the state will be allowed to use the red beacons atop vehicles. An Indirapuram-based car accessory shop owner told Mail Today that earlier at least ten people used to install hooter, siren and SP's flag every week on their cars but after the election result in Uttar Pradesh, the sales pattern has taken a U-turn.

Shop owners claim, the SP flag was looked upon as a style statement among car enthusiasts in UP representing their political clout. Car owners claim that earlier even police feared to stop or check their cars and that's why they could move around the city uninterrupted.

"All the car accessory shops used to get orders for beacons, sirens and SP's flag. Now, we are getting orders to get it all removed. Since Saturday, we have got over two dozen such customers," said Anubhav Jain, owner of pitstop car accessory shop in Kavi Nagar. The police also admit that misuse of beacon and party flag is at the highest in NCR region. "Time and again, action is taken against misuse of party's flag in cars while there are clear list of officers who are entitled to beacon while hooters and sirens are illegal. Still every time we do a surprise check, all such accessories are found installed in large number," said a senior police officer.

However, shop owners also claim that soon there will be rapid increase in the demand for BJP's flag and accessories after the party came to power in UP with a mammoth mandate. On his first day after the swearing-in ceremony, Aditynath sent a strong message against corruption asking all the ministers to disclose all their assets within 15 days of time.