Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Why Rahul Gandhi’s GST jibe is a ‘stupid’ charge and amounts to a lie

A house party and political party are two different things but Rahul Gandhi seems to be like he is considering the Congress party no less than a family party where he can speak all rubbish and then escape to some exotic foreign location.

However, It becomes a matter of serious concern when things come from a person who also happens to be a Member of Parliament and a former president of a national party.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi recently made a blistering attack on multiple GST slabs, which he once called Gabbar Singh Tax, but like most things he does, it is made up of lies and misinformation.

Rahul Gandhi tweeted a video on Sunday attacking the central government for a record 23.9 percent drop in the economy. He linked the Goods and Services Tax (GST) primarily as one of the biggest reasons for GDP contraction.

In his tweet the ex-Congress-chief attacked GST slabs, stating that it is “meant to help the privileged, the country’s most powerful businessman in the country.”

 In the video, he can be heard saying, “NDA’s GST was different- four different types of tax slabs, up to 28 percent tax, it has become complicated. Small enterprises cannot pay this amount.”

His tweets came in the backdrop of the recent letter that the chief ministers of six non-BJP-ruled states wrote to the center to remind it of its “constitutional” responsibility related to GST compensation.

A video is doing rounds on social media where former finance minister,  Arun Jaitely, can be seen explaining why the single slab idea is a “stupid” thing to be advocated in a country like India.  He had explained that the single GST slab idea would work only in the countries where all people have similar spending capacity.

“If we don’t have that, it’ll become a regressive tax. Some goods are essential for the poor,” the Finance Minister told parliament. To illustrate the need for different slabs, he said, “A BMW and Hawai chappal (flip-flops) can’t have the same tax. What are the goods, who uses it, matter,” Mr. Jaitley said while explaining the necessity of four main slabs.

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