Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday lambasted the multi-slab Goods and Services Tax (GST) that “ruined” the small shopkeepers in the country and promised to bring it under one single slab if his party is elected to power at the Centre.
Speaking at a public meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Dabra, Gandhi said, “How much money did this Gabbar Singh Tax take away from your pockets? After this meeting, you should go to a small shopkeeper and ask him whether the GST benefited him or resulted in a loss.
Gandhi said that if voted to power, the Congress party will do away from five different tax slab and “there will be only one tax slab of GST.
“I want to assure you that when a Congress government comes to power at the Centre, we will convert Gabbar Singh Tax into a real GST,” he said.
The Gandhi scion accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of defaming the common people.
“I want to tell the small traders of India including those in Madhya Pradesh that Narendra Modi and his Finance Minister defamed you all. They termed you thieves. You are not thieves. You serve this country,” he said.
The elections for the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly will be held on November 28 and results will be declared on December 11.