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"Now seeing political advantage, it started criticising the Goods and Services Tax (GST). While its finance ministers from different states unanimously supported the legislation," senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.
The GST has become a key issue in the poll-bound Gujarat where traders are in significant numbers. Congress is using it as a poll plank in the state to unseat the ruling BJP.
The Congress's vice-president Rahul Gandhi has termed it as "Gabbar Singh Tax" and claimed that it had broken the back of small and medium businesses.
Earlier this week, the all-powerful GST Council pruned the list of 277 goods under the 28 per cent tax bracket to just 50 luxury and de-merit items, bringing 177 under the ambit of the lower 18 per cent tax slab.
The move is seen as a step aimed at easing the pressure among the traders over the new direct tax.
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