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'Satisfy hunger with tadka of jumlas': Rahul slams Centre over GST on essential items

Rahul slams Centre over GST: In a tweet on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi said that the recipe of "Gabbar" for people struggling with inflation is to "make less, eat less and satisfy hunger with the tadka of jumlas".

Abhro Banerjee Edited By: Abhro Banerjee @AbhroBanerjee1 New Delhi Published on: July 20, 2022 15:57 IST
Rahul Gandhi attacked the Modi government over rise in GST
Image Source : PTI Rahul Gandhi attacked the Modi government over rise in GST for packaged items.

Rahul slams Centre over GST: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday over the imposition of GST on packaged food items. The leader said Prime Minister, who even listens to the unsaid words of "friends", will have to listen to the people and take back this decision.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Rahul Gandhi said that the recipe of "Gabbar" for people struggling with inflation is to "make less, eat less and satisfy hunger with the tadka of jumlas".  The Congress leader said it is "cruel" on the part of the government to raise taxes on some essential items of consumption as it will lead to a further rise in inflation.

"Recipe of 'Gabbar' for people struggling with inflation: Make less, eat less, satisfy hunger with the 'tadka of jumlas'. The prime minister, who listens to even the unsaid words of 'friends', will now also have to listen to the public and withdraw this GST," Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi.

The Congress and other parties have been seeking an urgent discussion in Parliament on the issue of inflation and GST rates. Parliament has witnessed disruptions over the issue ever since the start of the Monsoon Session on Monday.

A five per cent GST has kicked in on pre-packaged and labelled food items such as cereals, pulses and flour weighing less than 25 kg. For a commodity measured in litres like curd and 'lassi, the limit is 25 litres.

Rejecting criticism, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had on Tuesday said the five per cent tax is being levied after a nod from all states, including the non-BJP ruled.

Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala had also agreed on imposing the levy, she said.

In a series of tweets, Sitharaman said states levied sales tax or VAT on foodgrains in the pre-Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime and the present levy on cereals, pulses, flour, curd and lassi is an exercise to curb tax leakage.

The decision, she said, was taken by the GST Council, where all states are represented, through a consensus. Rahul Gandhi, who had been calling GST 'Gabbar Singh Tax', on Wednesday described it as 'Grahasti Sarvnaash Tax', suggesting that it will be a body blow for common households.  

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