Mixed reaction on Centre’s decision to stop Uber cab services

New Delhi: The Centre’s decision to stop the private taxi service by Uber across the country on Tuesday evoked mixed reactions from political parties.

While a section, including Union Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari was not in favour of stopping the services of Uber, few MPs favoured action against the taxi service provider.

“New developments are taking place in the transport system through electronics. Banning the railways for train accidents, bus for bus accidents and taxis is not correct,” Gadkari said outside Parliament House here.

Congress MPs Rajeev Shukla and Abhishek Manu Singhvi also said that banning the taxi services would not help unless a system and policy was in place.

Singhvi slammed Delhi Police and the government over the lapses.

“I partly agree and I am speaking for myself. By banning the taxi service, neither the police nor the Home Ministry can hide their negligence. God and devil lies in the details.

Don’t make ban a substitute to hide your own negligence.

“The crucial issue is that the kind of divisive politics BJP had played during 2013 (after the Nirbhaya rape episode), it is now coming back to haunt it. These are matters where we need to show consensus and rise above party politics, but BJP has always acted on petty political consensus,” Singhvi said.

Former Union Minister Rajiv Shukla termed the government’s decision to ban the services of Uber as “hasty”.

“One has to find to what mistake has the company made? If the company has made any mistake then action must be taken against it. If the individual is at fault then taken action against the company would send a wrong message to the people,” Shukla said.