A day after describing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as "Gabbar Singh Tax", Congress
Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi
again over the pan-India tax regime, saying it was designed so as to grab peoples' earnings.
Gandhi's remarks highlighted the difference of the GST proposed by the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime and the one implemented by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.
has said its proposed GST was a single tax of 18 per cent across the nation with few forms to be filled, while the one implemented by the BJP-led NDA government has 28 per cent tax and several return forms.
On Monday, the Congress
leader while addressing a rally in Gandhinagar, described GST as Gabbar Singh Tax.
"Ye jo inka GST hai, ye aam aadmi pe bojh hai... Ye GST nahi, ye Gabbar Singh Tax hai
," Gandhi had said.
Gandhi said Modi imposed demonetisation last year on a personal whim, pushing lakhs of people into distress. And if this was not enough, he introduced the GST in a tearing hurry.
He called the Modi government anti-poor and said it was working against the interests of the common people.
Welcoming the trinity of Alpesh Thakore, Hardik Patel and Jignesh Mevani, who are leading agitations in Gujarat, Gandhi began his speech with 'Jay Mataji, Jay Sardar and Jay Bhim'. The three terms are popularly used as community greetings of the Kshatriyas, Patels and Dalits, respectively.