Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday on the issues of demonetisation and the Goods and Services Taxes (GST). He said GST had ruined India’s economy and called it “Gabbar Singh Tax”.
Mr. Gandhi was addressing a gathering of supporters of OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, who had recently joined Congress.
Mr. Gandhi also asked the PM to break his silence on BJP President Amit Shah’s son Jay whose business fortunes allegedly sky-rocketed after the NDA came to power. The Congress leader also alleged that the BJP had tried to buy “priceless” voices of Gujaratis and said it won’t succeed.
On demonetisation and GST
“What happened on November 8? Modiji came on television and said I don’t like ₹500 and ₹1,000 notes. So I have decided to spike them from that midnight. And by doing that he attacked the whole country by one stroke.
“For the first two-three days days he too did not understand what has happened. And in a concert in Mumbai he announced ‘I have done this’ But after five-six days he realised he made a mistake. Then again he appeared on television and said if I don’t end the menace of black money by December 30 then hang me.”
Mr. Gandhi then asked farmers in the crowd if they buy seeds and fertilizers from their mobile phones and with cheques. The crowd replied with a loud ‘No’.
“He destroyed the entire economy. He did not stop there but went ahead with the GST. GST was our thinking. We brought it, it was a thought of single tax of 18₹ across the nation with less forms to be filled.”
He also took a dig at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for rejecting Congress recommendation of cutting tax slabs. “But they said that they will do it in the same way they did it with demonetisation with all celebrations at midnight. Now there is a GST with 28₹ tax and three return forms.
“Now GST has become a Gabbar Singh Tax,” he said, punning on the name of famous Bollywood villain in Sholay.