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The Rajasthan Cabinet on Tuesday decided to reduce Value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel by 4 and 5, respectively. This will be effective from today midnight, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has said.

"In the cabinet meeting today, it was unanimously decided to reduce the rate of VAT on petrol and diesel. After this, the rates will be reduced by 4 per litre in petrol and 5 per litre in diesel from 12 o'clock tonight," CM Gehlot tweeted. 

The meeting chaired by Gehlot was held at the chief minister's residence.

Meanwhile, CM Gehlot on Tuesday said the cabinet reshuffle in the state will take place soon, amid the clamour to accommodate supporters of his former deputy Sachin Pilot, who had rebelled against the CM last year.

On Thursday last week, Gehlot had met Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the long-pending demand.

After the meeting, he had said the party's top leadership will decide on it.

"The cabinet reshuffle will take place soon," Gehlot said while addressing the oath ceremony of the Secretariat Employees’ Union.

The clamour for the cabinet reshuffle has been increasing for the last several months with the demanded to accommodate Pilot's supporters.

Apart from the Congress MLAs, independents who support the government and those who defected from the BSP to the Congress also having expectations from the exercise.

At present, there are 21 members in the council of ministers, including the chief minister. There can be a maximum of 30 members in the council of ministers in the state, where the number of MLAs is 200.

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