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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Calls Rahul Gandhi's Idea Of A Single GST Slab “stupid”

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has called Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s idea of a single GST rate a “stupid idea”
  • He further attacked the UPA government for 'leaving behind a legacy of 31% indirect Tax on most items'

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has called Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s idea of a single GST slab a “stupid idea”. He further attacked the UPA government for 'leaving behind a legacy of 31% indirect Tax on most items'. Taking to Twitter, he also stated that GST has already reduced 334 items to 12% and 18% slab.

Earlier in the day, Rahul Gandhi made a desperate attempt to take credit for the announcement made by PM Modi that 99% of goods and services would soon fall under the 18%-or-less GST slab at Republic Summit. 

Taking to Twitter, the Congress president said that the announcement had resulted from the Congress 'jolting the Prime Minister from a deep slumber'. He reiterated his Gabbar Singh Tax acronym attack and wrote:  

Read: GST Attack Spent, Rahul Gandhi Makes Last-gasp Effort To Take Credit For PM's '99% Items-18% Tax' Announcement At Republic Summit

The rollout of GST had been preceded by numerous meetings of the GST Council, where the Centre and states had come together to decide a formula by which states would not take a hit on their tax revenue because of the massive 'one country-one tax' reform. At the Republic Summit, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also more than hinted that this was the reason why petroleum products haven't yet been integrated into GST -- because the states aren't yet confident that they won't lose out. 

Read: Why PM Modi's Mega '99% Items In 18%-or-under GST Slab' Announcement Is A Big Blow To The Opposition

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