Congress steps up attack on govt over GST

The party’s finance ministers announced that they would strongly seek relaxation in tax rates for various sectors and certain corrections at the next GST Council meeting on November 10.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 7, 2017 1:56 am
Cogress, GST, Modi, Arun Jaitley, gstr, gst regime, gst returns, goods and service tax, gst news, latest news The Congress fielded Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal and Karnataka minister Krishna Byre Gowda to take on the government over what they called “mismanagement” in GST implementation.

With Gujarat Assembly elections in mind, the Congress on Monday stepped up its offensive against the BJP government over implementation of GST, blaming the government for the “mess” the “hasty” rollout had created and for taking credit for the post-rollout corrective steps.

The party’s finance ministers announced that they would strongly seek relaxation in tax rates for various sectors and certain corrections at the next GST Council meeting on November 10.

The Congress fielded Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal and Karnataka minister Krishna Byre Gowda to take on the government over what they called “mismanagement” in GST implementation. Badal said there was a “certain degree of arrogance” (on part of the government) but “over the last 4-5 months there has been a change of attitude, primarily because of the groundswell of opposition… to the GST… and also due to the Gujarat elections…”

Gowda said the Congress ministers had been raising several issues, but due to the overwhelming majority “a lot of our concerns were overruled…” He said the formation of a group of ministers on IT-related issues came after Congress finance ministers strongly expressed their concern at the Hyderabad GST Council meet. The Congress ministers had been demanding relaxation in tax rates for construction material, tourism, branded agricultural commodities. “Many of our demands were overlooked but now the government has realised that these are affecting people badly,” Gowda said.

“Now it is being said that Congress members were part of the council and hence Congress has to take the blame… If Modi government was responsible for introduction of GST singlehandedly, then should they also not take responsibility,” Gowda said.

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  1. Vimal Kumar
    Nov 8, 2017 at 6:32 am
    Other thsn attacking can the congress come up with a concrete plan. Attacking for the sake of doing so is easy it is difficult to come up with a pkan and this is something that all political parties need to understand. The days when people would be swayed by allegations is gone - now people want to see a plan of action - ans as long as that is not there status quo will prevail. This is what brought in the bjp- they had demonstrated success in modi and this will kerp them there
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    1. Raghu Kashyap
      Nov 7, 2017 at 8:16 am
      Stupid congress is attempting to win elections by negative slogans. MMS who would /has taken orders from her majesty her majesty was getting her /congress ministers to loot . A part of of the loot was given to the slaves. MMS was projected as man of high integrity but in fact his silent obedience her majesty was the worst abetting the loot. Now talks that demonetisation was b er. YES, it was a b er for all chors chors supporter. On GST Modi's govt.is planning to reduce tax, Irony is Congress is shouting to reduce GST, knowing well that BJP is correcting as mid course correction. Once the BJP does it they want to piggyback claim credit for reduction. Rascals are congress outfit.
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        Socrates
        Nov 7, 2017 at 5:25 am
        GST is good, however it has too complex rate structure and regulatory compliance requirements. PM and Finance Minister clearly became over-ambitious and lost a historic opportunity to create a truly world-class GST structure. Again, an unintended outcom of a well intentioned action. The hope is the government will soon fine-tune and fix.
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          Socrates
          Nov 7, 2017 at 5:05 am
          It is so satisfying to read the comments condemning the notebandi from the corrupt people and its synonym CONgress, who seem to have lost all their ill-earned cash and do-number-ka-dhanda. It was high time all these unscrupulous people were made to feel the same way what poor feel when these corrupted-to-the-core individuals and parties unfairly sucked away their share of socio-economic upliftment that these marginalized sections deserved through fair tax-revenue collections and its efficient use through bringing it back to circulation in the formal economy – over the last 65 years of skewed agenda. It is PAYBACK TIME for such elements. It seems fair justice to me, who is living by the rules and lived by the rules pre-demonitization also. Except paying 28 percent GST when dining out, which hurts, there has been no negative impact on my personal life, my business or my colleagues’ life post-demonit – only a sense of pride that common honest individuals do have a recognition now.
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