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BJP accuses Congress of doublespeak on GST

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today accused the of doublespeak on GST, saying the opposition party is criticising the despite being part of all the deliberations before the legislation was finalised.

"Now seeing political advantage, it started criticising the Goods and Services (GST). While its ministers from different states unanimously supported the legislation," senior leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters here.

The was part of all deliberations before finalising the Act, but now it is double-speaking on the new regime, he said.

The has become a key issue in the poll-bound where traders are in significant numbers. is using it as a poll plank in the state to unseat the ruling

The Congress's vice-president 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 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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First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 20:32 IST