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Sonia asks party workers not to be complacent

Congress Prez Sonia Gandhi says that controlling inflation is "our highest priority" and cautioned party workers not to become complacent following the victory in the trust vote.

delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2008 17:21 IST

Ahead of a series of elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has said that controlling inflation is "our highest priority" and cautioned party workers not to become complacent following the victory in the trust vote.

"With the nuclear agreement on path, the government can concentrate single handedly on ensuring that inflation rate is brought down significantly," Gandhi said in her "letter to Congresspersons" in the latest issue of Congress Sandesh.

Noting that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was personally monitoring the situation, she said "the astronomical increases in prices of oil and other essential commodities in world markets have had a major impact on the price situation".

This was inspite of record agricultural production and procurement, she said.

A highlight of Gandhi's letter was that there was no mention of new found ally Samajwadi Party or the Left parties whose withdrawal of support on the nuclear deal issue necessitated the trust vote.

She said that in the next few months, there will be elections in six states and though the recent victory in Parliament has recharged the energy of the party workers, "but we can take nothing for granted".

"Time and again, we have been reminded of the absolute criticality of party unity and discipline at all levels... We must now look ahead and together meet the challenges ahead".