Baijnath Singh, who had joined the BJP in 2020 after Jyotiraditya Scindia, marked his return to Congress with a 400-car procession from Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh to Bhopal. On social media, a video of the 400-car caravan driving down with sirens blasting appeared. In the presence of state president Kamal Nath and senior politician Digvijay Singh, Singh rejoined the Congress.
Singh had been lobbying hard for a BJP ticket ahead of the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, as per media reports. But with no hope of getting one, he rejoined the Congress. As many as 15 district-level leaders of the BJP joined Congress along with Baijnath Singh.
As the footage of Singh’s cavalcade went viral, several criticized the usage of sirens. Ambulances, fire departments, and (in some situations) police cars are only permitted to use sirens on the road, according to the law.
The BJP also condemned the use of sirens in Singh’s cavalcade saying it reflected Congress’s “feudal mindset”.
“This is the mentality of Congress leaders who use hooters, sirens and illegal beacons and disturb the public. PM Modi had removed VIP culture from the streets. But it is the Congress’s feudal mindset that leads them to use hooters. I strongly criticise this and appeal to the authorities to take action,” BJP spokesperson Dr Hitesh Bajpayee was quoted by NDTV as saying.