Car rally by MPs, journalists; Speaker signals to end jam

The rally was flagged off by Vice President Hamid Ansari at the Constitution Club where drivers were given a clue to find out their destination.

Last Updated: Dec 05, 2010, 19:02 PM IST

New Delhi: Leaving behind political
ideologies, Parliamentarians cutting across party lines on Sunday
took part in a car rally along with a host of media persons.

The participants moved around the 15-km rally route
hunting for clues for their next destination.

The rally was flagged off by Vice President Hamid Ansari
at the Constitution Club where drivers were given a clue to
find out their destination.

Sanjay Jaiswal, Lok Sabha member from Purvi Champaran in
Bihar, won the rally and was awarded a trophy by Lok Sabha
Speaker Meira Kumar.

The Speaker did not lose the opportunity to send a subtle
message to the MPs on ending the logjam in Parliament.

"Best Driver is one who does not cause a jam himself and
neither allows any one else to cause a jam. I think this
applies to Parliament as well," she said at the awards
distribution ceremony.

Unlike usual rallies, this event, a brainchild of BJP
leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy, was not about speed but one that
sought to put forth a message about road safety and the need
to obey traffic rules, including the speed limit.

A ten-member jury led by Formula-1 test driver Karun
Chandhok was empowered to knock off points for changing lanes
and exceeding the speed limit which was set at 35 kmph.

There were speed marshals on the way to check any
violations.

Former Rajasthan MP V P Singh, who drove a Porsche 911 to
the rally was a favourite among shutterbugs.

Among those who participated were Navin Jindal, Agatha
Sangma, Kirti Azad. First time MP Mausam Noor participated in
the rally along with her husband Mirza Kayesh Begg. The two
celebrated her first wedding anniversary today.

PTI