"Pradhan mantri-ji (Prime Minister, Sir), we cannot make do with just nine subsidized cylinders of cooking gas. Women in this country need more. We need 12 per family, sir, please increase the quota," Mr Gandhi said, addressing thousands of party workers gathered for a conclave in Delhi.
Shortly after he finished speaking, Oil Minister Veerappa Moily announced that the quota of subsidised cylinders would be raised from nine to 12, a move that will cost the government an extra Rs 3300-3500 crore a year.
Asked who would bear the cost, Mr Moily told NDTV, "Leave this to us, we will do it and handle it."
Two weeks ago, the minister had said that there was no such proposal to raise the subsidy cap, though several Congress leaders and chief ministers had raised the demand.
Mr Gandhi had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last Friday to press for what the party believes would be a major step to win back middle class voters who are seen to have turned away from the Congress due to the rising cost of living, aggravated by reduced fuel and cooking gas subsidies.
The government had capped the supply of subsidised cooking gas cylinders to six per household per year in September, 2012. This was later raised to nine cylinders in January last year.
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