Modi’s GST ‘Relief’ No Diwali Gift: Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray
Thackeray said the country was restless due to the burden of taxes.
Refusing to share the euphoria of its ally BJP over the GST relief, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said the Centre was compelled to bring changes in the new Goods and Services (GST) tax regime as “arrogant rulers had become helpless before the might of people.”
"An impression is being created that the relief in GST was a Diwali gift to the people. It is certainly not so. Do you consider not troubling people or fleecing them a Diwali gift?" he said.
He said the country was restless due to the burden of taxes.
The arrogant rulers had to bow down before the might of people... they (the government) had become helpless after feeling the fire burning inside people. After the GST cuts, the government should do something for the common man. Reduce inflation, fuel prices and stop load shedding.
Thackeray said Diwali was round the corner when people performed 'Laxmi pujan'. But people had little 'Laxmi' (money) left as the Centre "looted" them by imposing more and more taxes, he said.
Shiv Sena is a part of the BJP-led governments both at the Centre and in Maharashtra, but has frequently targeted the Narendra Modi government on a host of issues including demonetisation.
"Why did you levy such high rates if you had to bring them down later. Will you return the excess money collected from people all these days?" Thackeray asked.
Three months after the roll out of the new indirect tax regime, the GST Council on Friday made sweeping changes to give relief to small and medium businesses on filing and payment of taxes, eased rules for exporters and cut tax rates on more than two dozen items.
(With inputs from PTI.)
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