Congress to keep struggling for 18% GST cap: Rahul

Why Muslims of Gujarat are voting for BJP

Why Muslims of Gujarat are voting for BJP

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said in a statement that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley spoke "post-truths" after the GST Council meeting on Friday while the will of the people did partially prevail "over the arrogance of the Modi government".

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, which has been holding its two-day meeting in Guwahati, reduced the tax rate of almost 175 items from 28 per cent; however, 50 luxury and "sin" goods, including tobacco, will remain in the highest slab, according to media reports on Friday.

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

Addressing a rally in Gandhinagar's Chiloda Circle, Rahul said, "Gabbar Singh Tax is required neither by the government nor the entire country".

In a tweet, Gandhi said India needs a "simple" Goods and Services Tax, not a "Gabbar Singh tax".

Campaigning has reached its peak in poll-bound Gujarat.

"It (BJP) is rankled by trepidation that Gujarat will slip off its hands". The Congress and people have got 28 per cent tax abolished on several items fighting for it.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council yesterday cut tax rates on over 200 items, ranging from chewing gum to chocolates to beauty products, to provide relief to consumers and businesses amid economic slowdown. "If BJP doesn't do it, Congress will". He also called for reducing "compliance burden" of the GST and added that the textile sector was faced with deep stress due to "distorted duty structure".

"This is owing to the sheer ineptitude and amateurish handling of the biggest tax reform by BJP government".

Congress leader Pawan Khera said that the credit should be given to Rahul Gandhi.

For the Congress party, that is putting up it's strongest challenge to the BJP in the past two decades, the process of candidate selection has been of utmost importance. We don't want 5 different tax slabs, but just one tax slab.

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