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Congress hits back at Arun Jaitley for ‘preaching statesmanship’

Congress said, their opposition is not to the bill, but limited to only those parts which kill the soul and spirit of the real GST legislation.

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Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said: “insinuations, innuendos, indiscretions appear to have become buzzwords of the political conduct of the Finance Minister.”

Hours after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accused the Congress of coming in the way of the passage of GST Bill, the Congress hit back saying the “champions of partisan politics have become preachers of statesmanship.”

Responding to Jaitley’s statement, asking parties to show statesmanship, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said: “We would like to remind the Finance Minister that it was the Congress and its government that authored the GST (Bill). Even today, our opposition is not to the bill, but limited to only those parts which kill the soul and spirit of the real GST legislation.”

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He added that “insinuations, innuendos, indiscretions appear to have become buzzwords of the political conduct of the Finance Minister.”

“Jaitley has again tried to claim ownership of GST even after having obdurately opposed GST for more than 7 years. Instead of apologising to the nation on behalf of the BJP and the Prime Minister, who as the Gujarat CM had doggedly remained the staunchest opponent of arrival at a consensus on GST, the Finance Minister is trying to give the Congress party sermons on economy, growth and inclusion,” he said.

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