MP rides horse to parliament
April 27 2016 11:11 PM
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BJP MP Ram Prasad Sharma arrives in parliament riding a horse yesterday.

IANS/New Delhi


A Bharatiya Janata Party MP arrived on horseback while another rode a bicycle to parliament to mark their protest against the Delhi government’s odd-even traffic restrictions.
Ram Prasad Sharma, who represents Tezpur constituency in Assam, rode a white horse, with a placard that read: “Pollution Free Vehicle.”
Delhi’s northeast MP Manoj Tiwari pedalled his way to parliament.
Former Delhi state BJP president Vijay Goel protested against the odd-even curbs by putting out posters and stickers on his SUV.
On Monday, several BJP lawmakers, including actor-turned politician Paresh Rawal, violated the odd-even traffic curbs by travelling in their even-numbered cars on the odd date.
Rawal later apologised to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Members of parliament are not exempted from the restrictions which came into effect for the second time on April 15. The city government has arranged for buses to ferry the MPs, but not many members are opting for these.
Meanwhile, a senior doctor said the problem of air pollution cannot be tackled by the odd-even formula alone, but the government should also subsidise electric cars which do not pollute the air.
“By implementing the odd-even strategy, only the number of cars can be brought down to some extent, but air pollution and toxicity cannot be brought down at any cost,” Randeep Guleria, head of respiratory medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said.
Guleria said the odd-even policy won’t work in the long run and instead the government should come up with a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the problem.



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