India: Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi seems to be hitting on the raw nerves of the ruling BJP before the crucial Gujarat elections. While elections are also being held in Himachal Pradesh, but it is not politically as important as Gujarat, one of the most prosperous states in the country.
Rahul Gandhi is talking on issues and the issues that are affecting common people across the state. GST has badly impacted the business community in Gujarat and his jibe that GST stands for Gabbar Singh Tax seems to have instantly attracted traders towards the Congress leader.
Besides GST, Rahul Gandhi is also attacking the BJP for last year’s withdrawal of high-value banknotes.
Attacking another Modi slogan of Start Up India, Rahul Gandhi said that start-up cannot be accompanied by shut up India, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said on Thursday, as he mocked the BJP-led government’s alleged indifference to the problems faced by the business community after introduction of the goods and services tax (GST).
Rahul Gandhi also said the nation-wide single tax has unleashed a tsunami of tax terrorism and the situation will get worse. “Start Up India cannot be accompanied by shut up India,” Gandhi said in reference to the government’s scheme for starting business ventures. It is imperative for the government “to listen to you (the business community), trust you, believe in you”, he added.
Meanwhile Rahul Gandhi’s criticism –during a function of an industry body — came a day after Union finance minister Arun Jaitley attacked the Congress over its criticism of demonetisation and GST. GST has unleashed a tsunami of tax terrorism and finance minister Arun Jaitley has the nerve to say things are just fine,” Gandhi said.
He went on to add, “Modiji and his government have fired a double tap at the heart of our economy –notebandi and then GST have crippled our economy”. He also said the country will observe the death anniversary of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes in a couple of weeks from now, an apparent mocking of the government’s move to observe November 8 as anti-black money day. He admitted that there were “shortcomings”in the closing days of the UPA II government.
Congress scion said,“But a new government of the Congress would be a much more decentralised, that distributes power much more than even the last Congress government”. Buoyant Congress counts on getting caste calculus right in Gujarat. The Congress leader also hit out at the government over job losses and accused it of “disrespecting” small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by not hearing them out and understanding their “pain” after demonetisation and GST implementation.
He went on to add, “The trust in this government is dead. For some reason the PM and his government are absolutely convinced that every single person in the country is a thief…The only way trust comes is by listening to each other. Today no one in this government is listening to the pain of our people”.
Gandhi added that globally India was being repeatedly asked if it still believed in its values of compassion and non-violence.
“People once looked up to us for our values and leadership. Today they laugh…,” he said.
He described the note ban decision as one taken without consultation or thought, without concern for its consequences and accused Modi of “unleashing terror on Indians”.