MPs cycle their way to parliament

September 7th, 2012 - 2:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Sep 7 (IANS) A group of MPs from various political parties Friday cycled to parliament to spread awareness about the need to protect the environment and to assert the rights of cyclists on roads.

The MPs belonging to Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and some independent members cycled a small stretch from Vijay Chowk to Parliament House at 10.30 a.m.

“We may have differences on various political issues but when it comes to protecting environment all of us are united,” said Anand Bhaskar Rapolu, a Congress MP from Andhra Pradesh, who rode pillion on BJP leader Tarun Vijay’s cycle.

The MPs entered the parliament from Gate no. 3 near Vijay Chowk and were received by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

“A cycle remains the best and most affordable vehicle to commute in India. It keeps you fit, doesn’t pollute the environment and also costs no money to operate,” said Vijay.

BSP member Dhananjay Singh said that it is a symbolic gesture and MPs will continue their efforts to assert the rights of cyclists on roads.

“Many people are ready to cycle to their offices provided there is cycling infrastructure. It is a start and soon more people will join us in asserting rights of cyclists,” he added.

Former Indian hockey player and Rajya Sabha member Dilip Tirkey also joined the group.

“Cycling is the best way to spread awareness about clean environment and remain healthy besides, dealing with rising oil process,” he said.

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