New Delhi : Barely a day after Gopal Rai said that he was "ready to go to jail" if corruption was proven in the city government's app-based premium bus service scheme, he has resigned from the Delhi Transport Minister's portfolio on Tuesday. Rai’s resignation comes amidst corruption charges against him, but AAP government has cited health reasons for his decision. Satyendra Jain is likely to take charge as Transport Minister for now.
Rai on Monday said he had requested the Chief Minister to relieve him from the Transport Department portfolio as it had a very heavy workload. He has been undergoing physiotherapy, which is expected to last three months, at the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre and is housed in the hospital. The two phases of the odd-even scheme were implemented under the leadership of Rai as Transport Department was involved in the execution of the road-rationing plan on the ground. Last month, he had announced Premium Bus Service Scheme to encourage the car users to leave their vehicles and use public transport.