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Our opposition forced government to relent on tax slabs: Congress

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The party on Friday said its opposition had forced the to "relent" and slash slabs for 178 items to 18 per cent and remarked that the "populous changes" were made with an eye on the elections, though the was in force in the state.

Earlier, Vice President Rahul Gandhi said his party will not allow the to impose 'Gabbar Singh Tax' -- Gandhi's acronym for GST or Goods and Services

"We will not allow the BJP to impose a Gabbar Singh on India," Gandhihe tweeted even as the GST Council's 23rd meeting was on.

The GST Council -- which also has state Finance Ministers including those from Congress-ruled states on board -- announced rate cuts on 177 goods on Friday.

"They cannot break the back of the small and medium businesses, crush the informal sector and destroy millions of jobs," Gandhi said.

"Modiji's 'Gabbar Singh Tax' is shrewdly designed to help his wealthy crony friends with big businesses, but hurting millions of small traders, MSME's and informal Sector," said spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

'Might' is not always 'right'. Glad to see that the resolve of people and Congress party's opposition has finally forced the to relent. We will continue to fight for making GST from 'flawed' to 'flawless'," he added.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said: "It is the worst example globally of a noble conception how quickly it can be distorted to a nullity, out of arrogance and obstinacy.

"I am sure there will be some populous changes because of elections, but a GST Council advising is being held in the middle of the operational in Himachal may have ended, but it is a very nice time to call a GST Council meeting in the middle of elections in Gujarat," he added.

He also asked where had the concept of one-tax one nation gone. "It is a seven-tax minimum. where is one nation when 40 per cent of the nation is kept out of GST in value terms. It is not a GST if you aggregate petroleum, realty, and alcohol," Singhvi said.

Slamming the government, Singhvi said: "The and Finance Ministry functions on the basis of shoot first, take aim later and think last. The sequence should be reversed - think, aim and then shoot."

Singhvi also said: "If the new regime is shoot, aim and think, India is in for a disaster. Neither the old regimes nor the new regimes can have shoot, aim and think. Any regime, Congress or non-Congress, BJP or non-BJP, India or global has to think, only then take careful aim and then shoot."

Gandhi in his tweets, ahead of the GST Council meeting, had made a few suggestions to improve the GST regime.

"Correct the fundamental flaw in GST architecture to give India a Genuine Simple Tax, Don't waste India's time with lip service, Acknowledge your incompetence, shed your arrogance and listen to the people of India."

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday announced that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has decided to slash tax slabs for 178 items from 28 per cent to 18 per cent.



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First Published: Fri, November 10 2017. 21:58 IST