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Austerity drive: Rahul travels by Shatabdi

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 14:10

New Delhi: Taking a lead from his mother and
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in practising austerity, Congress
leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday travelled to Ludhiana in the chair
car of Shatabdi Express.

A day after his mother flew to Mumbai in the economy
class, Rahul boarded the train this morning from the New Delhi
Railway Station to travel to the northern industrial city.

Rahul refused to accept flowers presented to him at
the station, saying it was the privilege of the executive
class passengers and also demanded that he be served water in
a plastic cup like other passengers.

Passengers travelling by the train were elated to know
that the young leader was travelling with them.

"It is good that Rahul Gandhi is travelling with
common people. He will get to see our problems first hand," a
male passenger said.

A woman travelling in the same coach said, "I am
feeling great after hearing that I will travel with Rahul

Railway officials said that Rahul will be served
`paranthas,` curd, `idli,` `vada` and fruits.

However, this menu was exclusively for him, the
officials said, adding that any specific requests by Rahul
will be gladly met.

Rahul is going to the city to inaugurate a four-day
camp of young Congressmen.

The AICC general secretary will return to the national
capital by the same train in the evening.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who was behind the
decision to ask two ministers S M Krishna and Shashi Tharoor
to move to modest accommodation from their five-star dwelling
afer a media expose, yesterday flew to Mumbai in a commercial
flight in an ordinary class seat to participate in a party
function in the financial hub.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 - 14:10
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