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Price Rise: Cong CMs' meet to chalk out action plan

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, July 4 (UNI) A day before Congress president Sonia Gandhi addresses a meeting of the Chief Ministers of the party-ruled states here on the price rise issue, she today took several inputs from AICC general secretaries incharge of various States on the prevailing situation regarding the subject.

'' The inputs will be used in tomorrow's meeting of the Chief Ministers when all the CMs will come out with their suggestions,'' party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said.

He told reporters after the meeting that the process of consultations on the soaring prices would be carried forward at the Chief Ministers' meeting tomorrow when an action plan at the ground level to bring down the prices would be chalked out.

Mr Singhvi expressed the hope that something concrete would come out of the Chief Ministers meeting, which will discuss the issues, especially arising out of the sentiments expressed in the CWC meeting.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Finance Minister P Chidambaram, besides the General Secretaries and CWC members holding charge of the States, will attend the tomorrow's meeting, he said.

Replying to a question, Mr Singhvi did not rule out the possibility of the Prime Minister convening a meeting of all the Chief Ministers later on the issue of price rise.''I am sure that will be the next step.'' Dissmissing the charge of Left parties on price rise, he said in a democracy every one has the right to express his opinion. He claimed that the Congress does not believe in levelling allegations but has shown results by doing something concrete.

Mr Singhvi pointed out that it was because of the intervention of the Congress that the hike in petrol was brought down from the originally proposed Rs 11 to Rs 4. Similarly, kerosene was exempted from the hike.


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