On the first anniversary of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Congress launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government. In a presser, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala described GST as a Grossly Scary Tax. The Congressman added that single tax GST still remains a pipe dream and that the tax was tossing up challenges for the common man. He said that different returns, different rules and multiple tax slabs have created difficulties and GST has become a nightmare for the common trader.
In a tweet, Randeep Singh Surjewala said GST has completed 1 year, but still, it remains a ‘Grossly Scary Tax’ for millions of traders, shopkeepers and businessmen. He also repeated Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s statement saying, no wonder GST’s more popular description is ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’.
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram also said the same on the first anniversary of GST roll out. Addressing the media Chidambaram said that the government’s GST implementation was deeply flawed and so was the GST Constitution Amendment Bill.
The Centre, he said, had ignored the advice of the Chief Economic Adviser on many aspects of GST, especially the tax rates.
Earlier, the Congress had challenged BJP to include petroleum products, real estate and electricity under the ambit of the tax. The party had also said that PM Modi’s Gabbar Singh Tax was shrewdly designed to help his wealthy friends and that the tax had hurt millions of small traders.