Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday withdrew his government’s proposal to tax EPF withdrawals after severe opposition not just from political parties but from trade unions as well.
“In view of the representations received, the government would like to do a comprehensive review of this proposal and, therefore, I withdraw the proposals made in para 138 and 139 of my budget speech,” Jaitley said in Lok Sabha.
As expected, the Congress party was quick to claim credit for the rollback, with party vice president Rahul Gandhi saying: “My pressure worked… I had warned the government against suppressing the salaried class. It is a good decision.”
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But along with Rahul, it was his brother-in-law Robert Vadra who claimed to have ‘earned his sweets’.
In a Facebook post, the businessman, who’s married to Priyanka Gandhi, claimed to have “done his best to voice each persons views through my (his) platform.” So delighted were his colleagues and gym attendants, he claims, that they greeted him with sweets.
“Your support of likes and comments as well, made sure the media carried the message till the government, to make the change,” Vadra claimed.
Below is his Facebook post: