1. BJP slams Congress for claiming credit over GST rate cuts

BJP slams Congress for claiming credit over GST rate cuts

The Bharatiya Janata Party slammed the Congress Party leaders for claiming credit for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council's decision to cut tax rates on 178 items of daily use.

By: | New Delhi | Published: November 12, 2017 7:58 AM
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The Bharatiya Janata Party slammed the Congress Party leaders for claiming credit for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council’s decision to cut tax rates on 178 items of daily use. BJP national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain asserted, “Congress and Rahul Gandhi should stay away from such misunderstandings that we made the changes because of their remarks”.

“Our government reduce the tax rates and people come to take credit. Ours is Bharatiya Janata Party, a party for the Janata(public). Congress is busy in worrying about themselves, but we solve the problems of the public. Therefore, the GST council held a meeting and solved the problems in rates,” he said.

The Congress leaders on Saturday claimed that the government was forced to cut tax rates due to the pressure mounted by Rahul Gandhi and the “huge response” his campaign had been receiving in poll-bound Gujarat.

Prabhat Jha, the editor of BJP Mouth Piece Kamal Sandesh, mocked Rahul Gandhi and said he is free to take credits of the decision.

“What can we do if someone has a misunderstanding. There is a GST council responsible for making such decisions which also includes Finance Ministers of Congress governance. If Rahul Gandhi wants to gain praises from it, he is free to do so. The public of our nation is smarter than Rahul Gandhi at least,” the politician said.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday announced moving 178 items from the 28 percent to the 18 percent tax bracket under the GST, applicable from November 15.

The changes in the tax system were decided at the 23rd GST Council meeting headed by the finance minister, at Guwahati.

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    Sathish
    Nov 13, 2017 at 11:20 am
    Cong has been demanding for 18 slab since the beginning but you realized your fault in the wake of Gujarat election. People are not fool to think you bother people not election.
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    1. Gnyanesh Chokshi
      Nov 12, 2017 at 1:36 pm
      This claims of BJP reminds me of an old film song "TUMHI NE DARD DIYA AB TUMHI DAWA DENA" WORD TUMHI REPLACED BY WORD "HAMINE" the song that BJP people are singing is HAMINE DARD DIYA AB HAMINE DAWA DIYA GUJARAT ME JITNE KE LIYE". It is very doubtful but for looming Elections in Gujarat followed by other states under their rule and rising public outcry against their mismanagement of economy The event manager of the party would have climbed down to cut taxes and and funds for his event managements.
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        Apte
        Nov 12, 2017 at 8:16 am
        1. On the one hand the Congress is claiming credit for decision to reduced GST rates on a number of goods and on the other it wishes to take away power of the State governments to levy tax on certain commodities like petroleum goods when in fact these governments are reluctant to give up their right to do that. 2. When UPA was in power, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, as Union Finance minister, made sincere efforts to introduce GST, but he could not muster support of many State governments to do that. NDA and BJP could do that albeit with compromises with the State governments, who as a part of such compromise, retained their right to tax petroleum goods, liquor etc. I believe that without such compromises GST bill would not have been passed. 3. The Congress can make efforts to seize power in 2019 and if it succeeds it can bring down rates of GST and make other desired changes. Till that time Congress has to accept that it is not in power, and be content with its role as an opposition party.
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