In a one really appreciable move by the Uttar Pradesh government, the Yogi Adityanath administration has ordered a ban on identity stickers that people usually flaunt on their cars with intention we have no idea about.
In recent years, it has become fashionable to write caste names like Yadav, Jat, Gurjar, Brahmin, Pandit, Kshatriya, Lodhi and Maurya on windscreens or number plates. The odd habit is highly prominent in Uttar Pradesh.
For the unaware, the direct reference of these caste identity stickers is to the party power. Like vehicles with ‘Jatav’ stickers represent the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). And now that BJP is in power, you would usually spot stickers like Kshatriya, Thakur or Rajput on the vehicles. Nevertheless, all these stickers will have to go now.
In an order to all Regional Transport Offices (RTOs), the Additional Transport Commissioner Mukesh Chandra said that vehicles with such stickers will now be seized.
To note is the fact that the order has been released after Prime Minister Office itself asked the UP government to implement the same. As per a report, the PMO considered the whole matter after the office received a letter from a teacher named Harshal Prabhu from Maharashtra.
The report says that Prabhu in the letter has said that such stickers are a threat to the social fabric of society.
“According to our enforcement teams, every 20th vehicle is found carrying such a sticker. Our headquarters has asked us to take action against such vehicle owners,” said D.K. Tripathi, deputy transport commissioner, Kanpur.