New Delhi: Delhi saw the first day of the odd-even scheme 2.0 clash with the festival Ram Navami on Friday.
A row has erupted in phase two of the scheme with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) red flagging the plan on Friday morning. The VHP shot a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal saying that, the odd-even plan clashes with Ram Navami celebrations and that it is Aam Adami Party’s (AAP) plot to disrupt the festival.
VHP general secretary Anil Kumar said, “Ram Navami is a big festival and we have asked them to postpone odd-even just by one day. We even said that if you can’t do it, then people, who will be coming in lakhs for the festival, will have our party sticker on their vehicle so let them come, but they rejected our demand.”
Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy said, “They (AAP) are against country’s tradition. Ram means nothing to them. They just want to be obstructionist. We will find some other way to celebrate Ram Navami. AAP party is an anti-national party.”
AAP has however denied the allegation saying the traffic plan will go ahead as scheduled.
For the second phase of the odd-even scheme the Delhi government has 580 officials on ground to monitor the odd-even rule in the city. 2,000 traffic personnel are deployed on the streets and a 20-member special task force has also been set up.