All vehicles of ministers and top officials should be without the beacon, Mr Choudhary told the media in Patna. His demand was supported by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party but was met with scepticism by ally and ruling Janata Dal-United. JD(U) spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said VIP culture was misused in Punjab due to the drug menace. In Bihar, there was no such problem, he said.
Last Saturday, Punjab's newly-appointed Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered the removal of beacons from all government vehicles, including his own. The Punjab Cabinet announced an end to the use of red beacons on official vehicles by the Chief Minister, ministers, legislators and officers.
In 2015, soon after the Aam Aadmi Party came to power in Delhi and hours after taking oath, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too had announced that neither he nor any of his cabinet ministers will travel in cars with red beacon.
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