In order to prevent excessive profiteering, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that petrol and diesel should be brought under the GST regime. Hoping that the Prime Minister would look into the “GST mess” from the “prism of the suffering people” rather than electoral interests. While initiating his attack on Centre in his series of tweets which came as a coincidence with the Goods and Services Tax Council meeting that was held today, the Congress VP said there was a need to correct a “distorted” structure concerning textiles.

With that Rahul took a jibe at PM Modi on how he gave the description of GST by calling it a ‘good and simple tax’ and urged ‘one nation, seven tax’ should be made simpler and the processing of filing of returns made easy. “Wish Modi-ji viewed economic slide and GST mess from the prism of solving (sic) the suffering of people than furthering electoral interests, “ Rahul said.

The taxation of the agricultural equipment under GST has brought agriculture in deep distress, the Congress leader reckoned. “Then, the first step would be to bring petrol/diesel under the GST to prevent excessive profiteering from common man as GOI (government of India) alone earns Rs 273,000 crore.”

“Textiles — second biggest job generator yearns for correcting distorted GST structure. Traders, MSMEs, small businesses suffer and cronies profit,” he said. Rahul also took to Twitter and said, “Agriculture in deep distress as pesticides, fertilisers, tractors, agricultural equipment, cold storage and warehouse construction taxed under GST”. “Time to correct the ‘one Nation, seven Tax, multiple form filing and draconian power of taxman. Make it good and simple beyond rhetoric,” Rahul Gandhi added. 

(With inputs from media agencies…)