Red over red beacon: Bihar minister accuses PM Modi of demolishing federal structure over lal batti ban

One of the most vocal critic of Centre's step to tone down the VVIP culture is Bihar Power Minister Bijendra Yadav.

Narendra Modi government's move to scrap VVIP culture of using red beacon (lal batti) atop cars, seems to have irked some Bihar ministers who attended the cabinet meeting helmed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday.

One of the most vocal critic of Centre's step to tone down the VVIP culture is Power Minister Bijendra Yadav, who has accused the prime minister of demolishing the federal structure in the country.

"BJP is destroying the federal structure of the country. Whatever decision Centre has taken is not binding on us and state governments are under no obligation to follow them", said Yadav.

Though seemingly upset with the new order, minister Lallan Singh, Abdul Jalil Mastan and Ashok Chowdhary said they will respect the decision.

"If the Centre has scrapped red beacons, we will also scrap it", said Abdul Jalil Mastan, Excise Minister.

Interestingly, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's car does not sport a red beacon and neither does Deputy CM Tejasvi Yadav's.

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