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NDA's GST is an 'attack on poor': Rahul

NDA's GST is an 'attack on poor': Rahul

New Delhi, Sep 6 (UNI) Hitting out at the Centre over the implementation of the GST, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said NDA's GST is an 'attack on the poor'.

In his third in the series of video message on the state of the Indian Economy released here on Sunday, Mr Gandhi said,' GST was UPA's idea. One tax, minimal tax, standard and simple tax. NDA's GST is completely different. Four different tax slabs, up to 28 per cent, complicated and difficult to understand.'

Small and medium businesses cannot pay this tax, he said.

'The big companies can easily pay it by putting 5-10-15 accountants to do the job, 'Mr Gandhi said.


'Why are there four different rates? This is because the government wants those who have the means to be able to easily change GST, and those who don’t have means, cannot do anything about GST,' the Congress leader said.


'Who has the means? India's biggest 15-20 industrialists. So, whatever tax law they want to change can easily be done in this GST regime,' he said.


Mr Gandhi also attacked the Government over the 'non payment of Goods and Services Tax (GST) dues to the states'.

'And what is the result of NDA's GST? Today, the government of India is unable to provide the GST compensation money to the states,' he said.

'The states are unable to give money to state employees, teachers, etc,' the Congress leader said.

He termed the NDA's GST as an 'absolute failure'.

'Hence this GST is an absolute failure. Not only is it unsuccessful, it is an attack on the poor and on the small and medium businesses. GST is not a tax system, it is an attack on India's poor. It is an attack on small shopkeepers, small and medium businesses, farmers and labourers,' Mr Gandhi said.

'We have to recognise this attack and stand against it together,' the Congress leader said.

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