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GST rejig shows Modi govt's sensitivity: Singh

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Union minister today said the rejig reflects the "sensitivity" of the Modi and it has no hesitation in accepting inputs as the new taxation system is meant for the benefit of common people.

Over Vice President Rahul Gandhi's frequent visit to poll-bound Gujarat, Singh said the more he visits the state, the gets more consolidated there as it exposes the "hollowness" of the leadership.

"We have no hesitation in accepting an input because GST, after all, is meant for the benefit and comfort of the masses and therefore their input is equally welcome," the Minister of State in the PMO told reporters here.

The minister was replying to a question about former minister and senior leader P Chidambaram's remark that the will be forced to heed the advice of the opposition and experts due to the polls next month.

The Goods and Services (GST) Council yesterday cut rates on over 200 items, ranging from chewing gum to chocolates to beauty products, to provide relief to consumers and businesses amid economic slowdown.

As many as 178 items of daily use were shifted from the top bracket of 28 per cent to 18 per cent, while a uniform 5 per cent tax was prescribed for all restaurants, both air- conditioned and non-AC.

"As far as modifications made by the council are concerned, I think this is a reflection of the sensitivity with which the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led works... this is the government which is open to inputs.

"As PM Modi has said, we are not here to run the government but to run the nation," Singh said.

Criticising Chidambaram, the minister said the Congress leader has many things to thank the for.

"Chidambaram should thank the for having brought the to a logical conclusion and culmination which he could not do during the 10 years of UPA rule. He has many things to thank about," Singh said.

On frequent visit of Congress Vice President to poll-bound Gujarat, Singh said, "The more he comes (to Gujarat), the more BJP gets consolidated in the state. Therefore, his visit to is welcome for the BJP. The more he comes, the more Congress leadership tends to expose its hollowness on various issues."

They (Congress leaders) were somehow "misguided" that they have the support or might get the support of certain communities or business sections, which they have realised is not true.

"They saw it happening in Surat the other day when Rahul Gandhi decided to visit a textile market and was greeted by slogans of 'Modi, Modi, Modi'," he said.

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

First Published: Sat, November 11 2017. 16:22 IST