Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

For Rahul, GST still a poll weapon

For Rahul, GST still a poll weapon

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday criticised the GST council meet by saying that they will not allow Bhartiya Janata Party to impose "Gabbar Singh Tax" on India.

Dubbing the tax as Gabbar Singh Tax, Gandhi said, "there is no need for five different taxes - India needs only one tax".

Jammu: Union minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said the GST rejig reflects the "sensitivity" of the Modi government and it has no hesitation in accepting inputs as the new taxation system is meant for the benefit of common people.

As many as 178 items of daily use were shifted from the top tax bracket of 28 per cent to 18 per cent, while a uniform 5 per cent tax was prescribed for all restaurants, both air- conditioned and non-AC. Our struggle for 18 percent cap will continue.

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Reminding the public of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election promise of providing two crore jobs annually, Mr. Gandhi said jobs under the Modi administration "disappeared even before they were created".

The Congress leader said that it was because of the pressure that the Congress party and the nation's citizens put on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that rate cuts related to GST were announced on Friday. Accusing him of weakening anti-graft body - Lokayukta in the state and promoting the ACB for his personal gains, Yeddyurappa said, "BJP on return to power will empower the Lokayukta and ensure that all the misdeeds of the Congress are probed and errant leaders brought to justice".

"The GST Council was formed, and all state Finance Ministers are a part of it. These are Gujarat's and the country's demands", Gandhi added. Gandhi, who is visiting north Gujarat, the BJP bastion over the years, is on a three-day visit to the state. "We gave Rs 35,000 crore for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Agency (MNREGA), but Modi gave Rs 35,000 crore to Tata Nano project".

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