New Delhi: Taking strong objection to the government announcing its intent to increase the cap on subsidised LPG, senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said it amounted to privilege of the House to say it outside when Parliament was in session.

Raising the issue in Rajya Sabha, Naidu said there were reports regarding Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily announcing the government's intent to increase the cap on subsidised LPG. He said that making such an announcement outside the House is a matter of privilege.

"When Parliament is in session, how was it done? It is a matter of privilege of the House," he said.

Moily had on Tuesday stated that the decision to raise the cap will be taken by the Cabinet ‘very shortly’ and that he has had two rounds of discussions with Finance Minister P Chidambaram on the impact of the decision.

Government had in September capped the supply of subsidised LPG to six cylinders per household in a year. Any additional requirement is to be bought at market price of Rs 931 per 14.2-kg bottle. Subsidised LPG costs Rs 410.50 per cylinder at present.

Taking suo moto cognisance of reports of the Centre's move ahead of Gujarat assembly polls to increase the cap on subsidised LPG cylinders, the Election Commission on Tuesday directed it to stop the same forthwith. The Commission held an emergency meeting soon after Veerappa Moily said the government will raise the cap on supply of subsidized cooking gas (LPG) to nine cylinders per household a year from six at present.


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