Congress ruled states have been asked to increase the number of subsidised LPG cylinders from 6 to 9, threreby absorbing a part of the subsidy burden. How this will help reduce the fiscal deficit in any way is a little mysterious given it is finally a subsidy in a different form. So it will be states like Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Assam where the number of subsidised LPG cylinders allocated will be increased. Sonia Gandhi has spoken with the Chief Ministers of various Congress ruled states, they have been asked to increase the number of subsidised LPG cylinders from six to nine," Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi said. However, the Congress has reportedly ruled out any possibility of reducing the hike in diesel prices.
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