For Rahul, GST still a poll weapon

For Rahul, GST still a poll weapon

Claiming victory for reduction of GST rates on more than 200 items, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said his party will continue the fight for capping the tax at 18 percent and promised the Congress will do it if the BJP government fails.

The Congress party, which lampooned the Finance Ministry for taking four months to cut rates of Goods and Services Tax, has now set its sights on pushing for one slab.

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.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi continued his tirade against ruling-BJP in Gujarat for their misplaced developmental priorities. Congress, along with the people of India, fought for and ensured reduction in items in the 28% bracket.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST), implemented "from July 1, had five tax slabs of 0 per cent, 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent. If the BJP will not do this, Congress will do it", Gandhi said.

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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".

Meanwhile, on Friday, Chidambaram had tweeted saying GST rates have been revamped because of Gujarat Elections,"Thank you Gujarat".

Elangovan, who also spoke at the event, predicted that the country would go for snap polls within six months after which Rahul Gandhi would become the Prime Minister. In the recent past, Gandhi had conducted such campaign tours in Saurashtra, central Gujarat and south Gujarat.

He further said that the Congress government gave Rs 35,000 Crore for MGNREGA, but Modiji (when he was Gujarat CM) gave Rs 35,000 Crore for Tata Nano project.

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