Will Scrap Multi Layers of GST in One Go, Says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that if his party comes to power in 2019 Lok Sabha elections then he would replace the multi-slab GST to one-slab GST, mounting a tirade of attacks on GST which has “ruined” the small shopkeepers.

“How much money did this Gabbar Singh Tax take away from your pockets? After this meeting, you should go to a small shopkeeper and ask him whether the GST benefited him or resulted in a loss,” Gandhi said at a public meeting in Madhya Pradesh’s Dabra.

“He will tell you that this Gabbar Singh Tax has ruined small shopkeepers and the people of this country,” Gandhi said.

“I want to tell the small traders of India including those in Madhya Pradesh that (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi and his Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley) defamed you all. They termed you thieves. You are not thieves. You serve this country,” the Congress president said.

He alleged that crores of honest shopkeepers across the country were suffering because of some wrong-doers.

“You (shopkeepers) are serving the country like every other citizen. There may be couple of people who adopt wrong ways. But this is not the responsibility of crores of country’s shopkeepers, who are honest,” Gandhi said.

“I want to assure you that when a Congress government comes to power at the Centre, we will convert Gabbar Singh Tax into a real GST,” he said.

He said if voted to power, the Congress will do away from five different taxes (slabs) and “there will be the lowest tax, only one tax (one slab of GST).

“You will not need to hire accountants (to file GST returns)… Your (shopkeepers’) losses would be reduced and you will need to fill in fewer forms,” he said.

Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi Mocked MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday scoffed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for his announcements with the same speed as the Former Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar makes run.

“You all have known about Tendulkar. Whenever he played any innings, everybody was assured that he will score at least 50, 60, 70 or 100 runs. Here, in Madhya Pradesh, there is a run machine known as the state chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan who makes announcements with the same pace,” said Gandhi.

The Congress president said Chouhan has made 21,000 announcements so far “but nothing happened”. Asking the gathering “What you have got? Gandhi alleged Madhya Pradesh ranks first in unemployment, rapes, malnutrition and crime against women. He was addressing a public meeting in Bhopal after holding an 18-km roadshow to kickstart the Congress’ campaign for the assembly polls slated for later this year.

24-hour JPC deadline expires, Rahul says ‘govt too scared to face people’

Rahul Gandhi revisited his yesterday’s tweet and slammed the executive for failing to heed to his request when the 24-hour deadline given by the Congress president worrying a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the Rafale defence deal got right here to a pause on Thursday evening.

On Wednesday, Rahul had known as for constituting a JPC to probe the Rafale defence deal, which he moreover is thought as the “Mountainous Rafale Theft”. He had moreover given a 24-hour deadline to finance minister Arun Jaitley to answer his inquire of.

On Thursday, because the deadline expired, the Congress chief said that evidently High Minister Narendra Modi has refused to grant permission for the JPC.

The deadline used to be section of an ongoing tussle between the 2 nationwide occasions over the challenge of clutch of fighter jets from the French executive. While the Congress event has been agency in its assertion that the deal signed with the French executive is nothing however a scam, the ruling event has sidelined these allegations as “lies”.

The most fresh spherical in the continuing tussle started when the finance minister on Wednesday listed a arena of 15 questions and said the deal NDA executive had entered into with France on April 10, 2015, for clutch of 36 Rafale fighter jets used to be on “better” terms than the one agreed to by the UPA executive in 2007.

It used to be Jaitley’s weblog which prompted the Congress chief to demand a JPC to probe the deal. In a tweet, addressed to finance minister Jaitley, Rahul moreover gave a deadline of 24 hours to revert on his demand constituting the committee. “Manufacture take a look at and revert in 24 hrs. We’re waiting!” he wrote.

The Rafale defence deal used to be moreover one in every of the foremost agenda of the Congress president’s press conference in the evening, the build he posed a arena of three questions in entrance of the finance minister.

“I am prepared to answer your total ask however you’ll want to answer my questions as smartly,” he said. “Anil Ambani never made an plane. He’s below a debt of Rs 45,000 crore and had opened a firm real a few days sooner than Rafale deal. HAL (Hindustan Aeronautical Diminutive) has been making plane for past 70 years,” he said.

The Congress chief further claimed that the negotiated price of the Rafale fighter jet used to be capability bigger than the one negotiated earlier. “Why used to be an plane that used to be for Rs 520 crore used to be purchased for Rs 1,600 crore,” he asked.

Rahul Gandhi To Meet The Core Group On Rafale Fighter Jet Deal

An ongoing war of words with BJP over the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal between India and France, Congress president Rahul Gandhi will meet the party’s core group.

During the meeting, the party will reportedly chalk out the strategy to further escalate attack on the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale jet deal, which it calls the ”Great Rafale Robbery.”

The sources close to Congress said that after the meeting gets over, some members of the Core group may join a protest march by the party’s youth wing from the AICC headquarters here to the Prime Minister’s residence.The newly-constituted core group committee will meet at Rahul Gandhi’s residence to discuss further strategy over the Rafale issue.

This will be the first meeting of the group, which has top Congress leaders as its members. In the recent times, Rahul Gandhi and his colleagues had launched a frontal attack on the Modi government over the Rafale issue and are demanding a joint parliamentary committee probe into it.

Continuing the war of words with the ruling BJP, the Congress on Wednesday alleged that Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was trying to cover up a “scandal with scandal” and asked why the government was “scared” for a JPC probe.

Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in a tweet while Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari posed queries on the deal at the party’s regular briefing here. The Opposition party’s attack came hours after Jaitley termed the Congress party’s charges on the Rafale deal “complete falsehood”, in a Facebook blog post. Hitting back, Rahul said that the government should then accept a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe.

“Jaitley, thanks for bringing the nation’s attention back to the Great Rafale Robbery! How about a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to sort it out?” Problem is, your supreme leader is protecting his friend. So this may be inconvenient. Do check and revert in 24 hours. We’re waiting!” Gandhi tweeted. Mr Jaitley, thanks for bringing the nation’s attention back to the GREAT ‪#RAFALEROBBERY! How about a Joint Parliamentary Committee to sort it out? Problem is, your Supreme Leader is protecting his friend, so this may be inconvenient. Do check & revert in 24 hrs. We’re waiting!

Jaitley too had asked Gandhi and his party to “respond immediately” to the questions raised by him.

Tewari said that a joint statement by India and France completely demolished the “very feeble defence” sought to be put by the Minister.

“In Modi government, collective responsibility is that no Minister has the responsibility of his own Ministry. This is the most peculiar form of government functioning we have seen. The timing of the Finance Minister’s defence of Rafale when the RBI is releasing data on demonetisation. It will not be wrong to say that the Minister is trying to cover one scandal with another scandal,” Tewari said.

He said the party has been consistently demanding a JPC probe into the Rafale deal.

“If the government has nothing to hide; if the Finance Minister or the Prime Minister feel that everything is above board, why are they scared of facing a JPC? A JPC should be constituted and all questions which the Finance Minister raised, which primarily were a smokescreen to obfuscate the issue, will be absolutely blown out of water,” Tewari said.

The Congress leader also demanded that the government state the final price at which the negotiations on the fighter jet deal with France were left in 2012 under the then UPA dispensation.

“Why is the government – if it has all the facts; if it is transparent – shying away from placing the figures before the country?” he asked.


Pawar’s formula for Mahagadhbandhan’s Prime Ministership

NCP supremo Sharad Pawar has come out with a formula to settle the issue of Prime Ministership among opposition parties. At a party meeting on Monday, Pawar said the Opposition party bagging the maximum number of seats after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls could claim the top post. “Let elections take place, remove these people (BJP) from power. We will sit together. Whichever party has got more seats can claim the prime minister’s post.”

“I am happy that the Congress leader (Rahul Gandhi) has also said he is not in the race for the prime minister’s post,” Pawar said. While addressing the Indian Journalists’ Association in London on Saturday, Gandhi said he was not driven by an ambition to become prime minister, contravening his own remarks earlier this year.

“I don’t have these visions. I view myself as fighting an ideological battle and this change has come in me after 2014. I realised that there’s a risk to Indian state, to the Indian way of doing things and I’m defending that,” Gandhi had said.

Earlier too, Opposition parties like RJD, SP and BSP have hinted that they were uncomfortable with Gandhi being projected as the PM face. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said has that a lot of people were capable of becoming PM, while Akhilesh Yadav has claimed the country would see a new prime minister after 2019 elections. The BSP has hinted that Mayawati could be the united Opposition PM nominee, while TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, who has met several opposition leaders in the past few months, has sent the vibes that she was also a strong contender.

After two round of meetings, the Maharashtra Congress-NCP state leadership has reportedly agreed to forge an electoral alliance for 2019 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. Pawar vouched for forging alliances of anti-BJP parties at a state level and said the prime ministerial candidate could be decided after the election results, as happened after the 1977 and 2004 general polls.

In 1977, Congress tasted defeat and non-Congress parties had come together to form the government led by Moraraji Desai. The Congress-led UPA was formed in 2004 after the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA failed to get people’s mandate. “In 2004, no (non-BJP) party had a majority. No leader or party was projected (as prime ministerial face). The BJP had then launched a massive India Shining campaign but was defeated,” Pawar said.

Raising concerns over the alleged instances of EVM tampering, Pawar asked the Election Commission to revert to using ballot papers during polling. The NCP leader said despite Modi being a strong competitor, the people of the country would teach him a lesson in the upcoming elections. “Narendra Modi is a strong competitor (now). But don’t worry, the common man of this country is more aware and smarter than us,” Pawar said.

The Maratha strongman said he would “try to go to each state and make regional parties which are not with the BJP to join us (the opposition alliance)”. He noted that Congress was strong in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan while in Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati-led BSP and Samajwadi Party are the heavyweights.

“Situation is different in each state. Hence, we will have to get along with parties which are strong in each state,” the former union minister said. When asked if the Raj Thackeray-led MNS would be part of the anti-BJP alliance, Pawar said this issue hadn’t been discussed.