The Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is at tug of war against the BJP and PM Modi. In the Congress Plenary Session, Rahul Gandhi made a scathing attack on PM Modi and it's policies.
No doubt it is well known that Rahul has always been against BJP's Goods and Services Tax policies. This time taking a dig over BJP government's GST Congress chief renamed GST as 'Gabbar Singh Tax'. Rahul also alleged that the government is using this tax to 'loot' businessmen and people.
This time he tried to take a dig at GST and BJP by taking a reference to a World Banks' biannual India Development Update report. The report stating that GST is one of the most complex taxes in the world. The report added that it is not only the second highest one but also includes a maximum number of tax slabs.
The World Bank report stated,
“The tax rates in the Indian GST system are among the highest in the world. The highest GST rate in India, while only applying to a subset of goods and services traded, is 28 per cent, which is the second highest among a sample of 115 countries which have a GST (VAT) system and for which data is available.”
Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to slam PM Modi's GST and wrote,
“Modi ji, the terror of Gabbar Singh Tax is now globally acclaimed.
The World Bank says it’s the 2nd HIGHEST in the WORLD and one of the MOST complex.
Rahul Gandhi's this attack didn't go well with the Union Minister Smriti Irani and in response she accused Rahul Gandhi of dismissing India’s progress and trying to defame the government.
She tweeted, “Rahul Gandhi’s hatred for India is astonishing. When World Bank hailed India’s rise in Ease of Doing Business rankings, he rubbished the report. Now selectively quotes WB report to berate India’s progress!”
Rahul Gandhi’s hatred for India is astonishing. When World Bank hailed India’s rise in Ease of Doing Business rankings, he rubbished the report. Now selectively quotes WB report to berate India’s progress! https://t.co/cU7wzaoiTC— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 18, 2018
Smriti did not only slammed him but also shared a report asking him to read it and increase his general knowledge.
The information and broadcasting minister tweeted, “Aadarniya @RahulGandhi ji if you are free from the world’s longest coronation exercise, I request you to read this article and enlighten yourself.”
The GST has four Tax slabs, 5, 12, 18 and 28 percent. Recently, the government has brought near about 78 items under 0 percent tax and 3 percent is the tax rate for gold.
As per the report,
“Drawing actively from user-feedback, the government has been very alert to implementation challenges and continues to take steps to make GST compliance more simple and efficient. Despite the initial hiccups, the introduction of GST is having a far-reaching impact on reducing tax-related barriers to trade barriers, which was one of the primary goals of the introduction.”
However, Rahul Gandhi must try better next time and should do a homework before attacking others.