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GST rates slashed to appease voters ahead of Gujarat polls:

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The today alleged that the Centre slashed the Goods and Services (GST) rates on certain items of common consumption to appease voters ahead of the Assembly elections.

It also claimed that Prime Minister Modi was against the imposition of a uniform taxation system when he was the chief minister of The Assembly polls in are due around the year-end.

"After the axe of fell upon the country, the economy never recovered. Then the weapon of was used against a sleeping economy and shot up," an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.

"By slashing the rates, the kept aside its arrogance and bowed down. This is a victory of the people.

"The people's wrath had turned into fire (after the implementation of GST). The decision (of slashing rates) was taken so that a heavy price for it does not have to be paid in the Gujarat Assembly polls," it said.

The government's decision of slashing the GST rates on unbranded 'khakra' (a crispy flat bread snack) from 12 to 5 per cent was taken specially keeping in mind the Gujarat polls, the NDA's ally said.

"Small traders in large numbers had hit the streets in Surat, Rajkot and Ahmedabad against the GST which created an anti-atmosphere in Gujarat. Thus, the was forced to slash the rates," the Sena said.

It claimed that Modi, from the beginning, was of the view that will increase and the economy will be in doldrums if the GST was implemented and that he had vehemently opposed this while he was the Gujarat chief minister.

"But after the BJP came to power, the GST was implemented. Modi thereby went back on his words. The decisions like and GST implementation have ruined the economy," the Sena said.

Three months after the roll out of the new indirect regime, the 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.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 09 2017. 14:57 IST