Congress to keep struggling for 18% GST cap: Rahul

12 November, 2017, 02:56 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Former Trinamool leader Mukul Roy in New Delhi after joining the Bharatiya Janata Party

"India does not need a Gabbar Singh Tax".

Daring Rahul Gandhi to flag his criticism against Modi on demonetization, GST and terrorism in the Parliament, Yeddyurappa said the BJP will give a befitting reply to all such insinuations.

On frequent visit of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to poll-bound Gujarat, Singh said, "The more he comes (to Gujarat), the more BJP gets consolidated in the state".

"The merits of capping GST at 18 per cent is now recognised", he added, saying that the Congress had earlier demanded a cap of 18 per cent for all taxes under the Goods and Service tax regime.

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"Persistent pressure built by the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party forced the GST Council and the BJP Government to reduce taxes on items of daily usage being taxed under the 28 per cent bracket".

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".

On Friday, the GST Council slashed the tax rates on 178 goods from 28 percent to 18 percent and reduced the rates on several other items. 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". If someone was dissatisfied, we being a sensitive government were forthcoming in making changes. In the recent past, Gandhi had conducted such campaign tours in Saurashtra, central Gujarat and south Gujarat. "You are a "bachcha" (child) in front of Modi. This means that the Modi government can continue to fill its coffers with Rs 2,67,000 crore annually by its back-breaking dose of taxation on petrol and diesel", Surjewala said.

Before reaching Chiloda, Rahul visited Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar.

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