It also claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was against the imposition of a uniform taxation system when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. The Assembly polls in Gujarat are due around the year-end.
"After the axe of demonetisation fell upon the country, the economy never recovered. Then the weapon of GST was used against a sleeping economy and inflation shot up," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.
"The people's wrath had turned into fire (after the implementation of GST). The decision (of slashing GST rates) was taken so that a heavy price for it does not have to be paid in the Gujarat Assembly polls," it said.
"Small traders in large numbers had hit the streets in Surat, Rajkot and Ahmedabad against the GST which created an anti-government atmosphere in Gujarat. Thus, the government was forced to slash the rates," the Sena said.
It claimed that Modi, from the beginning, was of the view that inflation will increase and the economy will be in doldrums if the GST was implemented and that he had vehemently opposed this tax while he was the Gujarat chief minister.
Three months after the roll out of the new indirect tax regime, the GST Council on October 6 had made sweeping changes to give relief to small and medium businesses on filing and payment of taxes, eased rules for exporters and cut tax rates on more than two dozen items.
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