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Manmohan corners Centre over GST, says Congress would have done it better

Former PM claimed his party would have implemented the new tax regime after due care and adequate preparation

ANI  |  Kochi 

Manmohan Singh
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Taking a dig at the led government at the Centre, former prime minister Singh has said that the would have implemented the Goods and Services (GST) after considerable preparation.

Addressing a gathering in Kochi on Friday, Singh said, "is an idea, which had the blessings of the party, but we would have implemented it after due care and adequate preparation."

Earlier also, the former prime minister had trained guns at the Centre terming as another "blunder of the and broken the back of small businesses."

The has been critical of the uniform regime ever since it was introduced.

vice-president Rahul Gandhi had also said that the needs structural changes.

Addressing a rally in Gujarat, Rahul said, "is one reform, not five The Centre does not know the meaning of They made the complex. doesn't want five different types of taxes. There's a need to make structural changes in the "

In the recent past, Rahul has been terming as Gabbar Singh

Amid the Opposition's outcry, the Centre recently announced moving 178 items from the 28 percent to the 18 percent bracket under the GST, applicable from November 15.

The changes in the system were decided at the 23rd Council meeting headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, at Guwahati on November 10.

First Published: Sat, November 18 2017. 14:10 IST