Rahul Gandhi: If voted to power, will cap GST at a decent level
He also said a huge amount of confusion related to the 'Gabbar Singh Tax' would be removed
Congress President Rahul Gandhi gestures during a public meeting in Gulbarga on Monday. Pic/PTI
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that if his party is voted to power at the Centre, it would reform the current Goods and Services Tax (GST) and simplify it by trying to make it a single-slab tax and cap it at a "decent" level.
Gandhi, who has been highly critical of the manner in which the tax was implemented and had termed it 'Gabbar Singh Tax', said that a "huge amount" of confusion related to GST would also be removed. "Our position is very clear. When we come to power, we will reform the current GST and simplify it. We will attempt to make it a one tax and cap it at a decent level. We will also try to remove the huge amount of confusion that you all are facing," he told professionals and entrepreneurs at an interaction here.
"We had the idea of having one tax and put those large number of items that are used by poor people and common man outside the GST. Cap the single tax at 18 per cent," he said. The BJP and the NDA had a long-drawn battle with the Congress in Parliament over the tax, Gandhi said. The Congress kept telling them not to put in place a five-tier GST and to do a pilot project before implementing the tax or otherwise it would be a "disaster", he said. Gandhi said that before the GST was passed, former PM Manmohan Singh had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with a message to do a pilot project before implementing it and that the party did not agree with a five-tier GST. "You do not have majority in Parliament.
You can bulldoze us in the Lok Sabha, but whatever you do, please do a pilot project," the Congress president said. However, Jaitley's response was that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken a decision on the matter and it would be done at midnight on a specific date, he said.
BJP-PDP blamed for Kashmir bloodshed
Rahul Gandhi accused the Centre of having a "non existent" policy for Kashmir and blamed the BJP-PDP alliance for the bloodshed in the region. He also said while the PM was "dithering", soldiers were paying with their blood because of the "opportunistic" alliance.
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Rahul Gandhi conducts high level meeting of party general secretaries at Congress headquarters