In a bid to neutralise political opposition to planned fuel price hikes, the government is considering a two-step process: First, allow up to 12 subsidised domestic gas cylinders per year from the currently proposed nine and later, raise prices of LPG and diesel in a phased manner.

Sources told FE that a compromise is being worked out after some Cabinet ministers termed the six-cylinder cap and the proposed fuel price hike as “politically suicidal”. A section of the ruling coalition too feels these steps could cost the UPA at the hustings.