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A day after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s controversial grant of permission to MLAs to buy cars costing up to Rs 20 lakh from their Local Area Development (LAD) funds, the MLAs have refused the offer and have instead requested for petrol equivalent of the same amount.
The BJP was the first to decline the offer and request for petrol, but refrained from explaining their decision, stating that they would elucidate their reason after deliberating on the issue and arriving at a consensus. The announcement was made by BJP leader Hukum Singh, who explained, “There are a lot of different reasons given by our party members. We will hear each one of them out, hold discussions and finalize on the best reason to be given in order to support our decision.”
The Congress was quick to follow in the BJP’s footsteps, with UP Congress MLA Vivek Singh saying, “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the BJP is absolutely right in this case. Who wants cars these days? Look at Rahulji. He traveled through UP barefoot during his padayatra. Why don’t people learn from him? But yes, petrol will be useful in many ways, especially to burn effigies of Team Anna whenever they protest next, or, as the latest trend goes, to set fire to whichever building holds dangerous documents. So petrol it is!”
However, Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal didn’t seem to be surprised with the Congress and the BJP agreeing on this one, saying, “Arre bhai, this is not the first time. Even for the 2G auction, we followed BJP’s policies only, na? We almost always follow BJP’s policies yaar. Who else can be a better scapegoat for us, when things go bonkers?”
The BSP however, has gone a step further, by demanding LPG cylinders instead of petrol. “What will Behenji do with petrol, yaar? If we get more LPG cylinders, she can at least boast of having the maximum number of LPG cylinders and statues allotted to herself,” said BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya.
(Reported by special correspondent, Ashwin S Kumar)