Pappu Yadav from the Rashtriya Janata Dal is perhaps the most resentful by the odd-even scheme in Delhi. In his opposition to the scheme in the Lok Sabha, he called Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a ‘psycho’.
In the Rajya Sabha, Congress lawmaker Ghulam Nabi Azad was far better behaved. But he wanted the same thing as Pappu Yadav. An exemption from the trouble of odd-even.
Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs found it worth their time to criticise the scheme for causing them inconvenience. Which says a lot about our political leaders, because Uttarakhand’s constitutional crisis, drought and other topics will get their attention at some point, but evidently odd-even is just as much a topic of national importance because it affects them.
As always, for the MPs it wasn’t about the aam aadmi. It was about their worries. It was about their inconveniences. It wasn’t about the people at large, pollution, public transport or any other public cause.
But instead, our lawmakers with their battle against odd-even just affirm what we’ve always known. That they’ve always believed they’re above anything everyone else has to do.