A day after the Centre in an attempt to put a check on VVIP culture scrapped Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav’s direct access to Patna Airport tarmac, Janata Dal (United) on Sunday hit out at Narendra Modi government and asked for similar set of rules for all the former chief ministers.

Alleging that Lalu Yadav has been singled out by the Centre, JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said, “Rules and regulations should be equal for all the ex-chief ministers. If this has been done only with Lalu Yadav then it is not correct.”

The Central Government yesterday announced to take away Lalu Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi’s direct access to Patna Airport tarmac after the Ministry of Civil Aviation earlier wrote to Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BSAS) to revoke the grant issued to Lalu Yadav sincve 2009.

“It has now been decided that the permission accorded to Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav and Smt Rabri Devi vide the AVSEC order No 13/2009 dated 1/08/2009 maybe withdrawn forthwith,” read the letter.

Reacting to the charges, Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has maintained that the move comes as a part of an attempt by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end VVIP culture in the country.

“It is a very welcome step by the civil aviation ministry and it also sends out a strong message that every individual is important and there is no VVIP in a democracy. This principle needs to be followed,” said BJP leader Gaurav Bhatia.

First Published | 23 July 2017 10:56 AM
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