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Sonia in poll mode, indicates reduction in prices of petroleum products

delhi Updated: Jan 27, 2009 21:30 IST

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Claiming that no coalition government has been able to achieve as much as the UPA regime, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday indicated a reduction in the prices of petroleum products soon.

"I can say without hesitation that no government has been able to achieve what the UPA regime has done in the last five years on all fronts," Gandhi said at the foundation laying ceremony of the rail coach factory in Rae Bareli.

"When the world was reeling under recession, India was bound to be affected. But the UPA government has been very alert and has decided that small industries and agriculture and rural development will keep on getting funds from the banks," she said.

Gandhi said that despite a steep hike in the prices of international crude oil, "the Government kept it under control in India by extending subsidy of Rs one lakh crore".

"The prices of petroleum products have decreased recently and I expect that soon they will dip further," she said.

Thanking Railway Minister Lalu Prasad for setting up the rail coach factory in the region, Gandhi expressed hope that in the next railway budget, Prasad would bring more good news for the region.

Citing the accident at a railway crossing in Unchahar which claimed 12 lives, Gandhi said immediate steps should be taken to avoid such incidents in the future.

The UPA Chairperson informed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was recovering well from his surgery and wished that he would get back to work soon.

"The whole country has prayed for him and he is recovering quickly," she said, adding "we want him to recover fast and take on his duties".