Mumbai Mayor refuses to remove red beacon light on car
Ambekar, 42, the first time Shiv Sena corporator, courted controversy yesterday by stating that a Mayor is “equivalent to the Chief Minister” and thus, should be allowed to use a red beacon light on the official vehicle.
“If you ask my opinion, I think if the CM uses a red beacon, Mayor is of the same level and thus should be allowed to use a red beacon (fitted car). Whenever a VIP comes to the city, the Mayor goes to receive him as a representative of the people. The Mayor should therefore have a standard,” she said.
Reacting to Ambekar’s statement, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan remarked that everyone should follow rules.
“There is a Constitution…There are rules,” he told a television news channel last evening.
According to a recent state government’s list, a Mayor is not entitled to use a red beacon light on his official car.
Former Mayor Sunil Prabhu too had refused to follow the directives and had written to the Chief Minister saying that it was a “traditional right” of the Mayor to use a car with a red beacon light.
Ambekar, a former LIC officer who had won the municipal elections from G-South (Parel) ward, was elected the city Mayor on Tuesday. She is the fourth woman corporator to occupy the post in the history of Brihnamumbai Municipal Corporation.