Special Correspondent

"UPA must take care of disadvantaged groups"

Party refuses to give an ultimatumClaims credit for rethink on new IT return formsKatiyar's comments will escalate violence in J&K

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday said it was in constant touch with the Government on the fuel price hike issue and hoped it would consider its suggestion for a partial rollback.

Refusing to give an ultimatum, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said as the lead party in the United Progressive Alliance coalition, the Congress had to raise issues of public concern, but it was for the Government to take a decision.

Mr. Singhvi said the party understood the Government's compulsion due to the rise in international oil prices. "Yet, we want the Government to take care of disadvantaged groups."

The party claimed credit for the UPA Government's decision to do a rethink on the move to introduce a new income tax returns form. Mr. Singhvi said the On BJP leader Vinay Katiyar's offer of a reward for killing militants, Mr. Singhvi said while the offer appeared to be "patriotic," it actually politicised the issue.

In a sensitive State like J&K, the comment could turn one neighbour against the other, he said.