The central BJP government may have banned the use of red beacon from May, but some ministers, MLAs of Haryana's BJP government, are reluctant to give up the charm of red beacon.
A reality check done by India Today on Thursday found that while some minister's removed the red beacons themselves on Wednesday evening, some were reluctant to remove it in front of media cameras.
Haryana Women and Child Development minister Kavita Jain is one of the cabinet minister's who removed her red beacon in front of media. Another minister, Manish Kumar Grover, who holds the charge of Minister of State for Cooperation, also removed the red beacon from his official vehicle in the presence of media on Thursday.
Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the decision, Kavita Jain said the decision is historic like banning the old currency notes and will play a major role in bridging the gap between the so called VVIPs and common people.
"One requires guts to take a decision like this. I welcome and support the Union Government's decision to ban the red beacons. This is a historic decision like note ban," Kavita Jain said.
State Health Minister Anil Vij also removed the red beacon from his official vehicle in Ambala and said he respects Prime Minister's decision which is at par with the law.
"Though the red beacons have been banned from May but Prime Minister's decision is like a law. This is a good decision," Anil Vij said.
Haryana Finance Minister Captain Abhimanyu, who was among a few cabinet minister's who had removed the red beacon after the Union Government's decision, said that the state government will initiate the requisite steps to end the VVIP culture in the state.
"This is a great decision taken by government of India. This will be abided by all the states. Our Chief Minister has already given the instructions that we will comply with the decision of government of India in letter and spirit. At the same time this decision will go a long way in establishing the credibility of political leadership and removing the gap between the common man and the VIP. It will also bolster the trust and confidence of Indian masses in democracy in India. It will further strengthen the roots of democracy and establish new democratic traditions in this nation," Captain Abhimayu said.
While the cabinet ministers have removed red beacons from their official vehicles, bureaucrats and senior officials are reluctant to remove the red beacons. MLAs of opposition parties were seen driving the vehicles with red beacons. As Haryana has yet to come up with a law banning the use of red beacons, it is likely that some VIPs will continue to use the beacons at least till April 30.
Interestingly, state BJP president Subhash Barala was also caught using an orange beacon on his vehicle in Karnal. He was forced to remove the beacon when he was questioned by the media.
Neighbouring Punjab was pioneer to ban the use of red beacons in the state. It has however, allowed the use of beacons on the vehicles of Governor, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, and judges.
What remains to be seen is whether state government will introduce a legislation to ban red beacons, though state's finance minister refused to comment on this issue.