Rahul Gandhi asks party leaders to educate and inform the public about the Congress’ stand
Addressing a closed-door meeting of the national executive of the Youth Congress recently, Gandhi lauded its workers for their ‘dharnas’ and street protests against the land Bill. Gandhi told the Youth Congress members, “such struggles would continue”. He made it clear that the Congress would support the GST Bill only if the government accepts the changes proposed by it.
A party insider said it was important for the people to know that “Congress is not against GST but it wants changes in the existing law in order to benefit the public which includes consumers as well as shopkeepers”. Amrinder Singh Raja Brar, the Youth Congress president, said, “The Congress has concerns on certain issues — a cap of 18 per cent on the GST rate, a dispute redressal authority and scrapping of the one per cent additional tax. These are issues that will have direct impact on the public after all GST will be affecting everyone. So, we will be creating awareness about these issues.”
With battle lines clearly drawn, the GST Bill’s fate seems uncertain in the Winter session, should the government not consider the Congress’ demands.