Controlling inflation is high on government's priority list : Sonia

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New Delhi, Aug 2 (UNI) Congress President Sonia Gandhi has said the UPA government would accord its 'highest priority' to rein in prices and bring down inflation with the Indo-US Nuclear agreement already being on path.

In her "Letter to Congress Persons" in the Party's mouthpiece "Congress Sandesh," she warned the Party workers against becoming complacent following the victory of the government in the July 22 trust vote in the Lok Sabha.

Though she had referred to the Party's victory in the trust vote, Ms Gandhi did not make any remarks against the Left Parties, whose withdrawal of 50-month-long support necessitated the vote of confidence.

Neither did she make any reference about the Samajwadi Party, whose support had helped the government win the trust vote.

"With the nuclear agreement on path, the government can concentrate single handedly on ensuring that inflation rate is brought down significantly," Ms Gandhi said, while assuring that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was personally monitoring the situation.

"The astronomical increase in prices of oil and other essential commodities in world markets have had a major impact on the price situation," she said, while pointing out that the rise in prices had happened despite a record agricultural production and procurement.

Ms Gandhi used the occasion to remind the party leaders and cadres about the forthcoming assembly elections in six states.

In this context, she told them that though the victory in the trust vote had recharged their energy, they should not take anything for granted.

Asking them to look ahead and together meet the challenges ahead, Ms Gandhi said : "Time and again, we have been reminded of the absolute criticality of party unity and discipline at all levels." UNI SH AKJ KP2025

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