1. Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat Live Updates: Government GST version is not right says Congress VP

Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat Live Updates: Government GST version is not right says Congress VP

Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat Live Updates: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is visiting Surat in poll-bound Gujarat where he will hold 'Black-Day' protest.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 8, 2017 7:32 PM
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Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat Live Updates: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is visiting Surat in poll-bound Gujarat where he will hold ‘Black-Day’ protest. Gandhi will participate in a candle-light vigil. Gandhi will have informal meetings with the industry representatives and workers during the day. This is part of countrywide protests in the form of processions, rallies and candle-light marches are being held by the Congress and other Opposition parties to mark the first anniversary of note ban today. Gandhi’s decision to take part in the protest in Gujarat assumes political significance as the state is going for polls on December 9 and 14. Counting of votes will be held on December 18.Gandhi will have formal interaction with traders in Adajan area of the city in the evening, Congress said. Gandhi will participate in a candlelight vigil on the ‘Black Day’ near Vivekanand statue in Chowk Bazar area of Surat city after a formal meeting with traders, the party said. Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi confirmed the proposed visit and the programme of the party vice president.

Track Live Updates of Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Surat in Gujarat

7: 30 pm: Rahul Gandhi calls Surat’s entrepreneurs to be the manucaturing tigers of the 21st century.

7: 10 pm: Rahul Gandhi has slammed the GST roll-out by the incumbent government saying, “We were against the implementation of #GST because the Government’s version was not right. Eventually, when Modiji realized it was a mistake he said Congress was also a party to it,” as per a tweet by ANI.

6.30 pm: Women karigars of Surat warmly welcomed Congress VP Rahul Gandhi.

6.15 pm: TAKE A LOOK! Congress party’s protest on one year anniversary of Demonetisation, near Delhi’s Connaught Place, Sharad Yadav also takes part.

6.00 pm: Congress party is carrying out protest on one year anniversary of Demonetisation, near Delhi’s Connaught Place.

5.50 pm: Gandhi is expected to have a formal interaction with traders in Adajan area of the city this evening.

5.40 pm: “GST means one nation, one tax. But this GST, implemented by Modiji, which has five layers will not work. We had said that maximum cap on taxes should be 18 per cent but they did not listen to us,” the Congress leader said.

5.30 pm: “You press (media) people were asking us, why we are not allowing GST to be implemented, because we wanted to save Surat and the country,” he said.

5.20 pm: Rahul said, “Surat is the place which can compete with China and has been doing it. Jobs will either come to India or China. But instead of helping them, the government has
destroyed their strength.”

5.04 pm: Workers of a diamond polishing unit in Kapodra, Surat teach Congress VP Rahul Gandhi their trade.

5.02 pm:A quick tea break at a roadside stall with Ashok Gehlot, Bharat Solankee & the rest of the team on Rahul Gandhi’s visit to meet Surat’s traders.

5.00pm: “I interacted with the people here and they told me that notebandi (demonetisation) and then GST have broken Surat’s legs. The industry has been finished by the twin blows not only here, but in the entire country,” Gandhi said.

4.55 pm: Gandhi interacted with industry representatives and workers at Nirman Industries’ loom factory in Katargam industrial development area after he arrived in the Surat city of the poll-bound Gujarat.

4.45 pm: Lashing out at the Centre, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today said note ban and GST rollout have broken the legs of Surat as he observed a “black day” in the country’s textile and diamond hub.

4.30 pm: Rahul Gandhi reacted to the Arun Jaitley’s remark that “ease of doing corruption” has been replaced with “ease of doing business”, Rahul Gandhi said that the union minister is sticking to a certificate issued by a foreign institution. He said, “India doesn’t need this, it needs a certificate from the people of India.”

4:10 PM: Rahul Gandhi said, “This is not a political thing, this is not between the Congress and the BJP. This is about India’s competitiveness, we have to compete with China. You please do not kill our industries and businesses. But they said that we are going to implement it at 12 midnight,” he said.

4:05 PM: “You press (media) people were asking us, why we are not allowing GST to be implemented, because we wanted to save Surat and the country,” Gandhi said.

4:00 PM: Lashing out at the Centre, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today said note ban and GST rollout have broken the legs of Surat as he observed a “black day” in the country’s textile and diamond hub.

3:55 pm: Rahul Gandhi interacted with industry representatives and workers at Nirman Industries’ loom factory in Katargam industrial development area after he arrived in the Surat city of the poll-bound Gujarat. “There was an attack on India’s economy one year back,” he said.

3:52 pm: “I interacted with the people here and they told me that notebandi (demonetisation) and then GST have broken Surat’s legs. The industry has been finished by the twin blows not only here, but in the entire country,” Gandhi said.

3:49 pm: “The people said that they have been threatened. But truth cannot be suppressed, it will come out,” the Congress leader told reporters.

3:46 pm: He said, “Surat is the place which can compete with China and has been doing it. Jobs will either come to India or China. But instead of helping them, the government has destroyed their strength.”

3:44 pm: Hitting out at the new tax regime rolled out by the NDA government on July 1 this year, Gandhi said, “We had told (Prime Minister) Narendra Modiji and (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitleyji not to implement the GST in this way.”

3:40 PM: Rahul Gandhi has visited a diamond polishing unit in Surat.

3:35 pm: Rahul Gandhi has taken quick tea break at a roadside stall.

3:30 pm: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi visited Sai Sant Silk Mill in Surat

3:05 PM: Take a look at Congress tweet

3:00 PM: The CBI has unearthed Rs 396 crore of alleged slush funds in 84 cases registered by it relating to illicit currency exchange that took place after the government announced demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes an year ago, the agency said here today.

2:55 PM: The 84 cases which also include seven preliminary enquiries related to fraudulent exchange of demonetised notes at commercial banks, co-operative banks, post offices, railways and insurance company, it said.

2:50 PM: The CBI claimed that it was ensured that every information related to such violation of laws should be entertained and examined and if required, cases should be registered.

2:45 PM: The agency received 92 complaints from the general public which reported such illegal exchanges in various organisations, it said.

2:40 PM: “Some private individuals were nabbed with huge amounts of new currency. Since the restrictions on individuals in terms of withdrawals of new currency, investigation is to find out how they could come in possession of such amounts,” CBI Spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said.

2:37 PM: The opposition is observing “black day” today.

2:34 PM: The government, Chidambaram said, claimed that money was eliminated. But “you will find the ‘eliminated’ black money” when the Gujarat election campaign starts, he added.

2:30 PM: “Modi’s currency gamble damaged Indian economy, says the BBC. Is BBC a supporter of black money and corruption?” he asked.

2:27 PM: According to Chidambaram, artificial reduction of cash in circulation is one of the reasons for lower demand and lower growth.

2:23 PM: “In interest of transparency, government/RBI should release RBI Board’s agenda, background note and (former Governor) Dr Raghuram Rajan’s note. If government is confident of its decision, why does it fear releasing these documents?”

2:19 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced demonetisation of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes as a measure to fight black money, corruption, fake currency and terror funding on this day last year.

2:15 PM: Chidambaram said the cash of Rs 15 lakh crore with the public would soon reach the November 2016 level of Rs 17 lakh crore.

2:11 pm: The former finance minister also asked whether it was ethical to damage vibrant industrial hubs like Surat, Bhiwandi, Moradabad, Agra, Ludhiana and Tiruppur.

2:07 pm: A year after the demonetisation decision, Chidambaram also launched a frontal attack on the Modi government and said, “On demonetisation Black Day read real-life stories, say a prayer for the millions who suffered.”

2:03 pm: He noted that millions of people had suffered due to demonetisation. Could anyone deny, he asked, that lives and jobs were lost and small businesses closed.

2:00 pm: Congress leader P Chidambaram launched a scathing attack on the Centre and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the anniversary of the note ban decision today, asking whether it was “ethical” to heap misery on millions of people.

1:56 pm: No one could deny that lives and jobs were lost due to the note ban, the former Union finance minister said on “demonetisation Black Day”.

1:52 pm: A day after Jaitley said the demonetisation decision was an “ethical drive and a moral step”, Chidambaram took him on in a series of tweets.

1:48 pm: “FM says demonetisation was “ethical”. Was it ethical to heap misery on millions of people, especially 15 crore daily wage earners?” he asked.

1:44 pm: The former finance minister went on to ask if it was ethical to destroy 15 lakh regular jobs during January-April 2017 and force thousands of micro and small businesses to close down?

1:40 PM: Rahul Gandhi sat down for an interaction with a select group of people from Surat’s loom industry.

1:35 PM: Rahul Gandhi has tweeted against #Demonetisation by using Nand Lal but Nand Lal has stated on record that he supports Modi Ji: Ravi Shankar Prasad on iconic photo of ex-serviceman crying in #Demonitisation queue

1:20 PM: Congress VP Rahul Gandhi visited a Working Textile Unit, Balakrishna Synthetics in Foolpada, Surat.

1:09 PM: Goods and Services Tax (GST) with 5 slabs cannot work, we asked maximum slab to be put at 18% but we were not heard. The point is very simple, GST needs reforms: Rahul Gandhi in Surat.

1:06 PM: “Demonetisation is a tragedy. We stand with millions of honest Indians, whose lives and livelihoods were destroyed by PM’s thoughtless act,” he said on Twitter.

1:02 PM: “Ek aansu bhi hukumat ke liye khatra hai, tumne dekha nahin aankhon ka samundar hona” (Even a single tear is a danger for the government, you have not seen eyes turning into an ocean),” he said in another tweet.

12:58 PM: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “robbing” the country of its economic prowess and “damaging” India by converting people’s anger due to joblessness into “communal hatred”.

12:54 PM: On the first anniversary of demonetisation, which he termed as a “tragedy”, Gandhi said livelihood of millions of honest Indians were destroyed due to this “thoughtless act” of the prime minister.

12:50 PM: “Modi’s reforms have robbed India of its economic prowess,” he alleged in an article in ‘Financial Times’ that said demonetisation has wiped out 2 per cent of GDP and “ruined” the lives of millions of workers.

12:46 PM: Gandhi said the prime minister claimed his decision was aimed at wiping out corruption, but “Twelve months on the only thing he has wiped out is confidence in our once booming economy”.

12:42 PM: The Congress vice president alleged that demonetisation destroyed the informal labour sector and has wiped out many small and medium businesses.

12:38 PM: “Mr Modi has damaged India by converting anger created by joblessness and lack of economic opportunity into communal hatred.

12:34 PM: “He has chosen to hide behind a shallow, hate-filled political narrative. Anger might have brought Mr Modi to power but it will never create jobs or fix India’s institutions,” he said in the article.

12:30 PM: Taking a poetic dig at the government, he tweeted in Hindi that even a single tear spelt danger for the government and one has not seen an ocean coming out of the eyes, tagging a picture of some poor people crying while standing in queues.

12:25 PM: Watch- Congress fires a fresh salvo at PM Narendra Modi

12:22 pm: Watch- It’s BJP vs Congress over demonetisation anniversary

12:19 PM: Former Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan today demanded a probe by a joint parliamentary committee to ascertain the “real intention” behind the Centre’s demonetisation exercise.

12:16 PM: The senior Congress leader also demanded a regulatory mechanism for the digital payment companies in the country.

12:13 pm: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh has alleged that demonetisation and rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) have sown a “deep-rooted fear of tax terrorism” among the business community.

12:10 PM: Rahul Gandhi will lead a candlelight march in Surat’s Chowk Bazar area as part of the Opposition parties’ “Black Day” protest in Gujarat’s Surat.

12:07 PM: It has also asked all its leaders to participate in such protests and strongly highlight the demerits of the decision, which it said is a “colossal and completely avoidable failure”.

12:03 PM: The Congress leaders will pan out across the country and will participate in protests with “Desh Bhugat Raha hai” and “India suffers” as the central theme for the day.

12:00 PM: The Congress, which described the note ban decision as the “biggest scam” and “the largest government-abetted money laundering scheme”, has asked all its state units to organise protests, processions and marches to mark the day.

11:56 AM: Watch- Rahul Gandhi’s complete schedule of Surat visit

11:53 AM: “Ek aansu bhi hukumat ke liye khatra hai, tumne dekha nahin aankhon ka samundar hona” (Even a single tear is a danger for the government, you have not seen eyes turning into an ocean),” he said in another tweet.

11:50 AM: To mark the anniversary of note ban, the Congress will observe a “black day” today and will hold countrywide protests in the form of processions, rallies and candle-light marches.

11:47 AM: “Demonetisation is a tragedy. We stand with millions of honest Indians, whose lives and livelihoods were destroyed by PM’s thoughtless act,” the Congress Vice President said on Twitter.

11:44 AM: Taking a poetic dig at the government, Rahul Gandhi tweeted in Hindi that even a single tear spelt danger for the government and one has not seen an ocean coming out of the eyes, tagging a picture of some poor people crying while standing in queues.

11:41 AM: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on the noteban anniversary today termed demonetisation as a “tragedy” and a “thoughtless act” and alleged that due to it livelihood of millions of honest Indians were destroyed.

11:38 AM: Gandhi said his party stood with all those people who have suffered due to demonetisation, which was announced this day last year by the prime minister.

11:36 AM: The Congress, on its website, also put out an article on demonetisation, dubbing it as a “Modi-Made Disaster”.

11:33 AM: The leaders have also been asked to take out their protests with “Desh Bhugat Raha hai” and “India suffers” as the central theme for the day, besides organising press conferences and “aggressively” participating in TV debates to ensure “good publicity”.

11:30 AM: Take a look at Congress tweet

11:27 am: The Congress, which described the note ban decision as the “biggest scam” and “the largest government-abetted money laundering scheme”, has already asked all its state units to organise protests, processions and marches to mark the day.

11:24 AM: Congress has also asked all its leaders to participate in such protests and “strongly” highlight the demerits of the decision, which it said is a “colossal and completely avoidable failure”.

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    sunder
    Nov 9, 2017 at 8:31 am
    Editor who is this Nikhil?A like you born to a pros ute of Motilal?Are you twin born to a Christian pros ute of Motilal?
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      Editor
      Nov 9, 2017 at 8:15 am
      editor are you in Italian or ?Bhadwa ia youvare publishing only anti PM and anti BJP comments . how much amount did you receive from bhangi Christians to do this ?
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        Editor
        Nov 9, 2017 at 8:00 am
        Ask your pros ute mother how toloot the nation and stash money abroad.That is the right version of economy for corrupt Nehru family except Rajivji.
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          sunder
          Nov 9, 2017 at 7:38 am
          do you know what is GST?A ia cant become a leader even if propped up by corrupt bhangi Christian media.
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            nikhil
            Nov 8, 2017 at 9:32 pm
            If BJP is so defensive about demo removing corruption, why haven't they implemented Lokpal for so many years? Instead, they have weakened the Lokpal bill!
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