Congress demands petroleum products, real estate be brought under GST

Congress demands petroleum products, real estate be brought under GST

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday criticised the GST council meet by saying that they will not allow Bhartiya Janata Party to impose "Gabbar Singh Tax" on India.

The Congress party, which lampooned the Finance Ministry for taking four months to cut rates of Goods and Services Tax, has now set its sights on pushing for one slab.

Seeking to reduce GST's "compliance burden", he said that complex process of form filing has brought businesses, trades and MSMEs to a grinding halt, "while GSTN continues to crash repeatedly".

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On frequent visit of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to poll-bound Gujarat, Singh said, "The more he comes (to Gujarat), the more BJP gets consolidated in the state".

"As far as modifications made by the GST council are concerned, I think this is a reflection of the sensitivity with which the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government works... this is the government which is open to inputs. If the BJP will not do this, Congress will do it", Gandhi said.

On Friday, the GST Council slashed the tax rates on 178 goods from 28 percent to 18 percent and reduced the rates on several other items.

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Addressing the centenary celebrations of senior party leader Maragatham Chandrashekhar at Sathyamurthy Bhavan here, Chidambaram, who has emerged as the top spokesman of the Congress party on financial issues like demonetisation and GST, said there were "rumblings" among leaders within BJP on the functioning of the party and government under the "new leadership".

The present tour of Rahul Gandhi is expected to cover 32 Vidhan Sabha constituencies and will be the fourth and final leg.

Before reaching Chiloda, Rahul visited Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar.

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"But people of India, particularly shopkeepers, traders, MSMEs, are distressed with the lopsided architecture, design and implementation mechanism of Modi ji's "Gabbar Singh Tax", he added.

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