- Mr. Gandhi was addressing a gathering of supporters of OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who had recently joined Congress.
A day after Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said the Goods and Services Tax (GST) requires a major rejig, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi stepped up attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dubbed the GST as “BJP’s Gabbar Singh Tax.”Addressing a rally here on Monday, Mr. Gandhi slammed the Centre for a ‘faulty tax regime’ that is destroying small businessmen and industries in the country.
“The government ignored all our suggestions on GST and introduced it with celebrations at midnight. In their GST, there is the highest 28% tax and three return forms that makes the GST Gabbar Singh Tax,” Mr. Gandhi said.
Demonetisation and GST together have ruined the economy, he charged. “With one stroke of demonetisation, Modiji ruined the economy but he did not stop there. He went ahead with GST, which has derailed the small businessmen and industries,” he said.The rally was organised by OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who joined the Congress, giving a boost to the party ahead of the crucial Assembly polls to be held later this year.
In his 30-minute speech, he asked the PM to break his silence over the business dealings of BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah whose company saw unprecedented growth in turnover after the BJP came to power at the Centre.