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Countrymen can demand Jaitley quit over 'deeply flawed' GST,

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

Criticising Union Minister over imposing a "deeply flawed" Goods and Service (GST), veteran Yashwant Sinha today said countrymen can rightly demand he quit for the hardships caused and also felt he is a "burden" on the people of Gujarat. Jaitley is a member from Gujarat. Sinha, who has been criticising the Modi government's economic policies, during an interaction with reporters here, also alleged that the was rolled out without giving due consideration to each and every aspect. received "two shocks" in the form of and in quick succession, said Sinha, a former union minister. Sinha was invited to poll-bound Cujarat by the activists associated with 'Lokshahi Bachao Andolan' (Save Democracy Movement) to share his views about the current state of economy and impact of and "Our minister is not from Gujarat, as he was elected to from here. And, he is a burden on the people of Gujarat. If he was not elected from here, a Gujarati would have got the chance," Sinha said while responding to a question. Sinha said the minister believes in only one rule, "that is 'chitt bhi meri patt bhi meri', means heads I win, tails you lose." The minister takes credit for everything, even if something is not implemented properly. If proper attention was paid while fixing the rates, such "anomalies and anarchy" could have been avoided, Sinha said. "He cannot take credit for imposing on the country a deeply flawed system, and people of this country are well within their right to demand that he should lose his job," the veteran leader said. On Jaitley's earlier remark that Sinha is looking for a job at the age of 80, Sinha, who insisted that he is not part of any 'Margdarshak Mandal', said he is still fit unlike those "who give their speech while sitting", an apparent reference to Jaitley, who had sat down in between his budget speech due to health reasons. "People who give their speeches in sitting position are talking about my age," he said. Without taking any name, Sinha said attempts were made by some people to create a rift between him and his son- Minister of State for Jayant Sinha. "Though some people had made attempts to create a rift between us, they did not get any success," Sinha said in a reference to the political storm that erupted after his article, criticising the over the state of economy, was published in a newspaper in September. In that article, Sinha, who was the minister under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government, had criticised Jaitley over the "mess the minister has made of the economy" and said he would be failing in his national duty if he did not speak up. Responding to a question, Sinha lashed out at Jaitley over calling Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi 'childish' for demanding single rate under "Go back in history and you will find that Jaitley himself had said that we will progress towards a single structure.

That is what he had said. But when others are saying it, it is childish, and when he said it, it was mature," said Sinha. The veteran also claimed that the decision of has failed to serve its purpose. He also accused Modi of shifting goal posts. "There is still a question mark on the success of Be it black money, or fake currency or eliminating terrorism, all these problems are still there." "I believe that is an effective system, that is the reason why I, too, promoted it when I was heading the Ministry. But the way was implemented now, it only increased the hardships of the people," he said. He even suggested to form a committee under the guidance of architect and former chairman of 13th Commission, Vijay Kelkar, to find out the flaws and include the suggestions of that committee in the next union Budget.

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First Published: Tue, November 14 2017. 19:28 IST