In the weeks to come, the party plans to start an awareness campaign on the "steep tax" on diesel and petrol the Centre has levied since 2014. Our CorrespondentPhagwara, November 11Former Punjab minister and president of the District Congress Committee, Kapurthala, Joginder Singh Mann today said the decision of the BJP-led NDA government to reduce Goods and Services Tax (GST) on 211 items was a desperate attempt to win the ensuing Assembly polls in Gujarat.
The Lok Sabha MP also demanded inclusion of petrol, diesel and gas cylinders under the GST. Now touring poll bound Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi reiterated the demand that the tax rate be capped at 18 per cent.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi continued his tirade against ruling-BJP in Gujarat for their misplaced developmental priorities. Rahul Gandhi touched upon GST, demonetization and lack of funds to flagship employment programme MGNREGA. "The aim of GST is to break the backbone of India and strengthen the backbones of a selected few, 5-6 industrialists", he said.
He said SEBI has termed Rupani "dishonest".
In his three-day road trip, Gandhi will cover six districts of North Gujarat.
On the famous "Sabka Saath; Sabka Vikas" Gandhi quipped, "But we speak the truth aur ye sach hai ke Gujarat mein vikas pagal hogaya hai". "I want to ask what kind of uniform tax structure he wants?"
On Friday, the GST Council slashed the tax rates on 178 goods from 28 per cent to 18 per cent. "It seems the Congress wants to increase the tax burden on people", Javadekar said at a press conference.