Recently the capital saw a convergence of several Members of Parliament at the Constitution Club of India but it wasn’t for any political discussion or committee meeting. The occasion was the annual car rally led by parliamentarians to promote road safety. For about a decade, the annual rally has been held in memory of Parliamentarians such as Rajesh Pilot and Gopinath Munde, as well as former President of India Giani Zail Singh, who lost their lives in road accidents.
Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who has been one of the key people behind the rally’s organisation over the years, said, “There is one road accident every minute in India today and every four minutes, a person loses their life in a road accident. MPs spent 80% of their travel time on roads touring their constituencies, so they are the best ambassadors to spread the message of safety on road.”
Like every year, Neelam Pratap Rudy actively participated in the rally
The 60km rally was flagged off by the Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and saw the cars travel across Delhi and Noida to the Buddh International Circuit in Gr Noida. Apart from the MPs’ own vehicles, the rally featured a number of vintage cars, which drew a lot of selfie-seekers. Several former and current MPs were also present at the event to cheer their colleagues even if they themselves did not participate in the rally. Former Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Shukla said, “It is a great initiative to involve MPs to promote road safety. As people’s representatives, it is their duty to take up causes that affect the general public and make a difference.”Source: Times Of India