Congress media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala today said that his party will extend unconditional support to the BJP-led NDA government if it decides to bring diesel, petrol, electricity and real estate under the ambit of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Participating in a panel debate at India TV’s Chunav Manch conclave in Ahmedabad, he mocked the new tax, calling it the ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’.
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“GST stands for ‘one nation one tax’. The Congress has repeatedly favored one slab under the new tax regime,” Surjewala said.
“The government should bring diesel, petrol, electricity, real estate under the GST purview. I assure you on behalf of the Congress, the party will extend an unconditional support to the government,” he added.
The Congress spokesperson also said that the hasty implementation of the GST hurting the traders and pushing the state back.
“Gabbar Singh Tax is pushing back the state, traders are suffering due to GST,” he said.
Kirit Solanki, BJP MP from Ahmedabad West, who was the second speaker on the panel, criticised the Congress for terming the GST as 'Gabbar Singh Tax'.
He said that the “GST is the biggest tax reform the nation has adopted since Independence”.
“They (Congress) is mocking development, this is wrong,” he said.
“Our government is open to make GST people-friendly and we are helping those who have suffered due to its implementation,” Solanki added quickly.
To a question related to the reservation deal between the grand old party and PAAS leader Hardik Patel, Surjewala said that the “Congress is committed to strengthen the Patidar community”.
He said that the Congress party will provide reservation to the Patridars the day it forms government in Gujarat.
“Congress will provide reservation to the Patidar community the day we are voted to power,” he said.
He rubbished BJP’s allegations that the Congress was indulging in caste politics to score big in the upcoming polls.
“Is helping underprivileged people a crime?” asked Surjewala.
“The BJP is ignoring Patidars, the party is not doing anything to strengthen the Patidar community. If Congress is making efforts to help Patidars, we are being accused of shaking hands with them,” he added.
He further asked the government to pay heed to poor farmers who are committing suicide and work for uplifting them economically.
On Narmada river water issue, he said that the government making false claims of bring water to villages. “Places that were supposed to get the Narmada river water are still not getting its part of water.”
He said that 6.5 crore people of Gujarat are seeking answers to the questions raised in the past 22 years of the misrule.
Meanwhile, Solanki said that “there is no anti-incumbency factor in Gujarat and the party win emerge victorious in the polls”.
“We have been serving the people continuously from last 22 years,” the BJP MP said.
The polling for the two-phase elections in Gujarat, having total 182 seats, will take place on December 9 and 14 and votes will be counted on December 18.
While 89 seats of Saurashtra and South Gujarat region are going to polls in the first phase, the remaining 93 seats including Vadgam in central and northern region would go for polls in the second phase.