July 31, 2009 9:23:23 am
In a circular issued on Thursday,Rahul Gandhi has instructed Indian Youth Congress (IYC) office-bearers at all levels not to use beacon lights on their vehicles and to stop the practice of writing their names and designations on the number-plates.
Rahul,who is the AICC general secretary in charge of the IYC,has given them a weeks time to comply with his instructions or face disciplinary action.
We are a party of aam admi. Our conduct and behaviour should manifest the life of aam admi. Unless we think and live like them,we cannot connect with them, said IYC president Ashok Tanwar.
Rahuls circular comes barely six weeks after Congress president Sonia Gandhis instructions to partymen not to use royal titles like Raja,Maharaja,Rajkumari in official records or as prefix to their names. With many scions of the erstwhile royal families elected to Parliament and also holding important positions in the party,the move was aimed to harmonise the partys aam admi slogan with the image of its leaders,said sources.
Rahul,who has often been at the receiving end of snide remarks from opponents like Mayawati who call him a Yuvraj,was said to be instrumental in the decision regarding the removal of royal titles.
About three years back,Sonia had issued a similar circular asking party office-bearers not to use beacon lights on vehicles and to lead a simple life. But this is yet to be implemented successfully.
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