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Fadnavis removes red beacon from his official car

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today removed the red beacon from his official car, in the wake of the Union Cabinet's decision to take the beacon off all the vehicles, including that of the Prime Minister.

"welcomes Prime Minister Modi's. step towards ending VIP culture by stopping the use of red beacons atop VIP vehicles," Fadnavis said in a tweet.

"And to celebrate such step for strengthening our democracy, I have stopped using the RedBeacon atop my car," he said in another tweet.

Meanwhile, state president and former Chief Minister welcomed the decision to end the VIP culture, saying that it was a good decision.

Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde said the decision to end VIP culture was first taken by in Punjab.

"It is good the entire country is following suit. Since the post of Leader of Opposition is a cabinet rank, I will also give up my red beacon car," he said.

Munde said VIP culture will not end with just the removing red beacons from cars, but foreign tours and felicitation functions of ministers should also stop.

Seeking to end VIP culture, the Union Cabinet today decided that beacon light will be removed from all vehicles, including that of the Prime Minister, from May 1.

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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 20:57 IST