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Taming the VVIP culture: No free event passes for ministers, says Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi is known for its free pass culture. As the national capital, it is home to many VVIPs, and that means free tickets for family and friends. But Arvind Kejirwal led government has decided to crackdown on this obnoxious habit of the elite.

Aam Aadmi Party government has put a blanket ban on free passes for MLAs and ministers, seeking free admission to high profile events using their official position. The Chief Minister has also asked his Principal Secretary to inform Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in case there is a request for the same.

The step has been taken after a delegation of the Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA) met Chief Minister and pointed out the problem of corruption in organizing an event.

“Why should the MLAs and ministers get free passes? They are just common people. During the earlier governments most of the free passes were taken by the ministers and MLAs. Now the CM has asked to stop this practice and I am sure no one will do such a thing again.’ Vijendra Garg, MLA Rajindra Nagar told NewsGram.

“Kejriwal also directed that if anyone wishes to attend any event or concert then they can buy the tickets of the program and attend it,” a senior official said.

Earlier the practice of obtaining free passes for events like IPL matches, plays etc was quite popular among the ministers.

 

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Delhites Flood Twitter with Funny Memes, Jokes on #oddeven Scheme

Kejriwal said the Odd-Even scheme was aimed at combating high-levels of air pollution in winters due to crop burning in neighbouring states

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Soon after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday announced that the Odd-Even scheme will be back between November 4 and 15, several memes, jokes and videos with #oddeven hashtag have gone viral on social media such as Twitter.

Twitterati shared funny reactions and jokes on the scheme’s comeback.

Here are some of the funniest posts:

A Twitter user named @sagarcasm tweeted: “I don’t think Arvind Kejriwal and Piyush Goyal get along very well. Kejriwal loves doing Odd-Even and Goyal hates maths. #OddEven.”

“I’m not following this ridiculous #OddEven. Fine me, arrest me. There, I said it. @ArvindKejriwal, you ignorant, lazy, freak – vehicular emissions barely scratch the surface of the ocean causing air pollution,” a woman with username @MeherunissaA tweeted.

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Another person shared a picture of Bollywood actor Jimmy Sheirgill with his popular movie dialogue ‘Humko Ghanta Faraq Nahi Padta’ and also wrote with caption: “Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the #OddEven scheme for vehicles will be implemented in Delhi from 4 to 15 November. People who go on metros – #OddEven.”

“#oddeven #SayItLikeNirmalaTai #BoycottMillenials #BoycottMillennials, everyone freaking out with traffic fines and odd even. *Le me*, a millennial destroying economy taking odd/even numbered Uber/Ola,” another user tweeted.

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“Delhites, get ready to welcome #oddeven #evenodd once again..this time from 4-15 Nov. @ArvindKejriwal, instead of finding a solution to crop burning and stopping it, its so easy to make us suffer, right? We don’t mind any PLANS to curb stub burning?” another tweet read.

Kejriwal said the Odd-Even scheme was aimed at combating high-levels of air pollution in winters due to crop burning in neighbouring states. (IANS)