Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat: GST is Gabbar Singh Tax

Addressing a rally in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi termed the tax reform (GST) as ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’.

In Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi said that GST is hurting the people of this country, and advised that the government has to make it simpler. (Image: Congress/Twitter)

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is campaigning in poll-bound Gujarat, and on Monday took on PM Narendra Modi. Saying that the Goods and Services Tax has affected small traders in India adversely, Gandhi termed the tax reform (GST) as ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’. Rahul Gandhi is on a three-day visit to Gujarat today. He addressed the Navsarjan Janadesh Mahasammelan rally in Gandhinagar. His visit in the state has come a day after PM Modi’s 1-day visit to the poll-bound Gujarat on Sunday. Slamming the BJP Government at the rally, Rahul Gandhi today said there is an unrest across the state and every section of society is part of a movement. He said that in the last 22-years, the government was focussed on a few industrialists, instead of the people.

On GST, Gandhi said that it is hurting the people of this country, and advised that the government has to make it simpler. He added that Congress’ suggestions on GST were ignored, even though it is their brainchild. The Congress leader questioned why the government was holding discussions with beleaguered businessman Vijay Mallya, farmers’ land in India have not been waived yet. He further said that the government gave Rs 30,000 to 35,000 crore to manufacture Tata Nano cars, but, he said, with the money the government could have waived off the loans of poor farmers in the state.

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at BJP, saying Gujarat is priceless and can never be bought. This came after a series of accusations that the Bharatiya Janata Party offered huge amounts of money to Patidar movement leaders to switch camps. Patidar leader Narendra Patel claimed in Ahmedabad that he was offered Rs 1 crore to join the BJP.

In the meantime, there are contrasting reports of Patidar leader Hardik Patel meeting Congress vice president today. Interestingly, earlier, Gandhi said: “No one can buy or gag the voice of people in Gujarat with Rs 1 crore or even with the budget of the entire country.”

Taking a jibe at BJP supremo Amit Shah and the PM’s ambitious programmes, Gandhi said that programmes like ‘Make In India’ and ‘Start-Up India’ had failed, but, “only the companies belonging to Jay Shah had its turnover spiked”.

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