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Rahul recommends austerity for politicians

September 11, 2009 11:19 IST

Joining the debate on austerity, All India Congress Committee General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said politicians should be austere all the time -- a stark reminder to two the Union ministers who had to check out of five-star hotels in New Delhi a couple of days ago following an embarrassing media exposure.

"As a politician, you have a duty to be austere anyway," he said at a press conference in Chennai at the end of his three-day visit to Tamil Nadu.

"I generally tend to keep myself austere," pointing out to his white kurta-pyjama attire with a chuckle.

"I don't go through phases. So I don't think that you should have austerity measures in a phase and no measures in another phase... I don't really get interested in these kind of things," he said.

Image: Rahul Gandhi

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