New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday directed Delhi Police to eliminate the VVIP culture from the national capital for the obstruction caused to people due to politicians' convoy.
According to sources, PM Modi today told Delhi Police that he is unpleased with the inconvenience caused to the people due to his convoy. He also asked the city Police to bring out measures so that VVIP movement does not cause further obstruction to the aam janta (ordinary citizens).
VVIP culture privileges politicians above ordinary people – for instance, allowing them to bypass the grid locked city traffic.
Modi's visit to Chandigarh in April last year had caused lots of inconvenience to people. Schools and colleges were shut and exams were cancelled in many institutions in the city. The parking lot at the main crematorium ground was turned into a temporary parking space for a public rally that was addressed by the PM. Bereaved families were asked to use another crematorium ground which was in the western part of the city.
Brigadier Devinder Singh, who had participated in the Kargil war in 1999 against Pakistan, lost his 24-year-old son in a road mishap on the same day. Singh was forced to go to Mohali to cremate his son since the city cremation was being used for rally addressing.
After facing the public outcry, PM Modi later expressed his regrets and said that the inconvenience caused to people because of his cavalcade during his Chandigarh visit will be examined and its accountability will be examined.