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Ban on red beacons a step towards ending VIP culture: Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today welcomed the government's decision of barring the use of red beacons atop vehicles, including that of the Prime Minister, but termed as "laughable" the ruling BJP's attempt to blow the trumpet of morality over it.

The opposition party said the move was only a step towards ending the VIP culture prevailing in the country.

The party also took a swipe at the BJP, saying it is good to see the saffron party catch up with the "progressive policies" of the

"The Supreme had given its verdict on December 10, 2013 about which cars be allowed and which ones not for use of red beacons. If after three-and-a-half years the is trying to do politics over this and blow the trumpet of morality, then there can be nothing more laughable...," spokesperson said.

Chief spokesperson of the Congress Randeep Surjewala welcomed the development.

"The Congress welcomes the end of 'Red Beacon culture' in India, a campaign that we launched and implemented in Punjab. To stop Red Beacon is one step in ending VIP culture. It requires an innate belief in public representatives as people's servants and not masters," Surjewala said in a series of tweets.

He also listed a host of initiatives taken by the erstwhile Congress to ensure accountability of public representatives.

Surjewala said the Congress had made the assets declaration of ministers, MPs and bureaucrats compulsory, besides enacting the RTI Act, the Lokpal Act and the Whistleblower Protection Act.

The on its official Twitter handle wrote, "Congress led the way in removing 'Red Beacon Culture.' It's good to see catch up to our progressive policies, at least this one time (sic)."

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh too welcomed the Union Cabinet's decision to removed red beacons from all vehicles from May 1, saying it is a "healthy step that will further strengthen the country's democratic fabric".

Seeking to end the VIP culture, the Union Cabinet today decided that beacon lights will be removed from all vehicles, except emergency vehicles, like ambulances and fire brigade.

The vehicles with beacon lights, which are seen as a symbol of VIP culture, "have no place in a democratic country", the government said.

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 19:43 IST