New Delhi, Sep 9: It is believed that Sonia Gandhi was the main force urging Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee to request External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his deputy Shashi Tharoor to leave their 5-star hotel accommodation.
Congress leaders on Wednesday, Sep 9, said Gandhi had asked Mukherjee to direct two ministers not to stay in five star hotels and move elsewhere.
Gandhi was behind the austerity drive in the party to help the drought situation in many parts of India.
Gandhi requested party leaders to adopt austerity measures in the wake of drought.
In a recent meeting, the party decided that all its ministers, MPs and MLAs would donate part of their salaries to drought relief fund and accept a 20 per cent cut for a year.