Slamming the Union government over the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday termed the recent changes brought about in GST as the “helplessness of the government”. “On Friday, some changes have been brought in GST. While it has been portrayed as a ‘Diwali gift’, it actually shows the helplessness of the government,” said Thackeray addressing the media on Saturday afternoon.
Thackeray said, “How much are they going to loot people? The government must also clarify whether it will refund the taxes collected so far.”
He gave credit to traders for the recent relief in GST asserting that it was the traders associations that held a mirror to the government dodging the issue. “When people unite, they can show their might to the government, making them relent. The decision also discloses that the government is realising the growing dissatisfaction caused amongst people,” Thackeray claimed.
“People are still not happy. There is a rise in inflation. Fuel prices are high and there should be substantial reduction in the same,” said the Sena president urging the government that it should not wait to see people ending their patience. Speaking on a host of issues, he once again dropped hints of his party breaking away from the coalition government in the state.
Thackeray said that if the government takes decisions to solve people’s problems, the Sena is with them.
“Else, we will always be with people, he said reiterating that the time has come for the Sena to take a ‘final decision’,” Thackeray warned. On the load-shedding issue gripping the state, he said, “Why is there a coal shortage? Why didn’t the government realise this before? Load-shedding should be withdrawn completely across the state.”
He thanked the state government for resolving the issues concerning anganwadi workers and removing hawkers from railway foot overbridges (FoBs). Thackeray claimed that the Shiv Sena had raised the issues with the CM earlier this week. However, Thackeray avoided questions on rival Narayan Rane’s entry into the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).