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Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha speech: Selling 'pakodas' better than unemployment

Shah also lashed out at the Congress for its opposition to the GST and for dubbing it as 'Gabbar Singh Tax'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha
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Making his maiden speech in Rajya Sabha, chief on Monday tore into the Congress over its criticism of GST, "failure" to tackle unemployment and other issues, as he listed his government's achievements on various fronts. Initiating the debate on the Motion of Thanks for the President's address, Shah took on senior Congress leader for his 'pakoda' jibe and said it was "better to sell than to beg". Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in a recent interview that a person selling was employed. "Those selling are self-employed. Can you compare them with beggars," he asked and pointed out that a "chaiwala's (tea-seller) son has become the Prime Minister today." In his over an hour-long speech, Shah said "I accept there is unemployment in the country.

It is a problem. But you (Congress) have been ruling the country for so many years. We have been in power for eight years (including Vajpayee rule)." He also lashed out at the Congress for its opposition to the (GST) and for dubbing it as 'Gabbar Singh Tax'. Noting that "Gabbar Singh Tax is named after the filmy dacoit" (a character in Bollywood blockbuster Sholay), Shah asked "is this (GST) dacoity? How much do those who have named this as Gabbar Singh Tax understand? It is not dacoity but the revenues go to pay subsidies for various services of widows and the poor." The President also pitched for simultaneous assembly and Lok Sabha elections, besides touching upon a host of measures taken by the government -- ranging from power supply, toilets, gas, employment and health facilities to the people.

First Published: Mon, February 05 2018. 16:21 IST
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