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Fuel price: Congress hints at reduction

The ruling party also sought to take full credit for the Government dropping the new tax return form.

india Updated: Jun 09, 2006 21:59 IST

Two days after the Government ruled out roll-back in fuel price hike, Congress on Friday threw broad hints about a possible partial reduction next week and said it was holding talks with the Government on the issue.

The ruling party also sought to take full credit for the Government dropping the new tax return form describing it as a "victory of the common man."

Dismissing suggestions about any rift on the issue between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who had favoured a partial reduction, party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said, "We understand the Government's compulsions in the wake of spiralling international prices.

"We have given a constructive suggestion keeping in mind the disadvantaged groups and we are hopeful and confident that our approach will succeed and it would be constructively implemented."

Maintaining that finally it was for the Government to take a decision, he expressed hope that the party's view would be "constructively seen".

Both the Congress party and the Government, Singhvi said, were equally concerned about rising prices of essential commodities including fuel.

"We have on principle taken a view. There is direct continuing contact and communication between the party and the Government. Talks are on. Please wait," he said.

While Singhvi declined to spell out any 'time-frame' for the reduction, party sources said they were expecting a partial roll-back by middle of next week, possibly ahead of the UPA coordination meeting and the Left protests against the hike.