He said he would remove the lal batti only if the Chief Minister directs him to do so. "If the Chief Minister asks me to remove the red beacon, I will obey his instruction and remove it," Food and Civil Supplies Minister UT Khader said.
He argued that since the state government has given him the vehicle attached with a red beacon, he doesn't have the right to make alterations. Let the central government bring into force such a notification, he demanded.
"I do not have power to alter my car. It is left to the cabinet to decide," he said.
Mocking the central government's ban, he said the aim of the government should be to bring common people to the level of VIPs if it wants to end the 'VIP culture'. He said, "It's not that I am moving around with the red beacon on my head. It is installed on my car."
The AAP government in Delhi was the first to bar its ministers from using red beacons on their official vehicles. Captain Amarinder Singh, too, made a similar demand from his cabinet when he became the Chief Minister of Punjab in March.
Now, under the central government ban, only blue beacons are allowed on emergency vehicles like the police, ambulance and fire tenders.
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