Congress taking undue credit for lowered GST rates: BJP

Congress taking undue credit for lowered GST rates: BJP

Congress taking undue credit for lowered GST rates: BJP

"I am vindicated. The merit of capping GST at 18% is now recognised". "Expect a shower of changes in GST rates from GST Council meeting today".

Addressing the media after the Council Meet in Guwahati, Finance Minister Jaitley said that 178 items have been moved from 28 per cent slab to the 18 per cent GST bracket.

In a series of tweets, Chidambaram said that the government had learned its lesson belatedly.

Ministers of Congress-ruled Punjab and Karnataka, Manpreet Singh Badal and Krishna Byre Gowda, had earlier this week announced that they would strongly seek corrections and relaxations in tax rates in the GST Council meeting.

As the decisions of the GST Council trickled in, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi asked the government to "correct the fundamental flaw in GST architecture to give India a genuine simple tax" and "don't waste India's time with lip service".

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Gandhinagar: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said Goods and Services Tax (GST) was implemented with the agreement of all political parties and is making changes based on the needs, adding the Congress Party is trying to interpret the fact, reports ANI.

On Friday, the former Finance Minister said that he and his party are vindicated by the cuts in the GST rates. The GST revision also brought relief for restaurants, with Jaitley saying that a uniform 5 per cent rate will be levied on all eateries, both air-conditioned and non-AC.

Responding to Chidambaram's allegations, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said GST was adopted taking all political parties into consideration and every change that has been made was done after looking into one's needs.

In a statement, DMK Working President said the tax rates were altered only with Gujarat Assembly elections in mind and asked the Government to follow the advice of its Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian who had advocated capping of GST rates at 18 per cent. "This is not the GST which we (the UPA) had envisaged", he said. "This is typical of the Congress's pettiness and pusillanimity".

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