New Delhi: Finance minister Arun Jaitley said on Thursday that if re-elected the government would continue with fiscal consolidation and pursue policies to enable further reduction in interest rates, after the central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points.

Voting in India's general election begins next week, and the result will be known on 23 May.

Speaking at an industry event, Jaitley also said the government would look at reducing the goods and services tax on cement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seek a second term in a general election that will begin next week. Voting will be staggered across the country over several weeks and the result will be known on May 23.

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