With negative public opinion running high over the recent revision of diesel and LPG prices, a section of the Congress and its allies are lobbying actively to increase the number of subsidised cooking gas cylinders from six to at least nine annually. Last month, the government had introduced a cap on subsidised LPGs.
NCP chief and agriculture minister Sharad Pawar made the demand in cabinet and UPA coordination committee meetings. Although Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already refused the demand, several Congress ministers have sought party president Sonia Gandhi’s intervention in the matter and are still pressing for a revision, sources said. “We haven’t given up on it yet,” a Congress minister said.