Congress demands petroleum products, real estate be brought under GST


A day after the GST Council lowered GST rates on as many as 178 items, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said the pressure applied by the people on the government had worked.

Dubbing the tax as Gabbar Singh Tax, Gandhi said, "there is no need for five different taxes - India needs only one tax".

Daring Rahul Gandhi to flag his criticism against Modi on demonetization, GST and terrorism in the Parliament, Yeddyurappa said the BJP will give a befitting reply to all such insinuations. "If BJP doesn't do it, Congress will", Mr. Gandhi said addressing election meetings in several villages and towns in the north Gujarat region that will go to the polls in the second phase on December 14.

In a move to shore up public spending and revive investor sentiment, the government had cut down tax rates on 200 items, ranging from chocolates to wristwatches, in the biggest Goods and Services Tax (GST) revamp yet.

The Congress, which has been demanding to constitutionally cap the Goods and Services Tax (GST) at a maximum of 18 per cent, said the Modi government was resorting to high taxation on petroleum products.

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Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attended the silver jubilee function of the temple on November 2.

"The GST Council was formed, and all state Finance Ministers are a part of it". Gandhi's claim that the government was forced by the Congress to roll back the GST rates was criticised by the government with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asking, "Is the GST Council under them?" Gandhi, who is visiting north Gujarat, the BJP bastion over the years, is on a three-day visit to the state.

"They saw it happening in Surat the other day when Rahul Gandhi made a decision to visit a textile market and was greeted by slogans of "Modi, Modi, Modi", he said.

Thakore said at a gathering in Prantij, "BJP will scare you, fool you".