Gujarat elections: Need structural change in GST, says Rahul Gandhi

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Congress vice-president resumed his poll campaign in Gujarat on Saturday ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. Congress VP Rahul Gandhi will travel from Gandhinagar to Banaskantha on the fourth leg of Navsarjan Yatra. The Yatra has begun with Darshan at Akshardham Temple in Gandhinagar and will end at Ambaji temple.

Rahul Gandhi in Chiloda, Gandhinagar. Courtesy: ANI news

Speaking on GST Council's decision to the reduction of bringing items into the lower tax category, Rahul Gandhi said, "BJP under pressure from Congress and the people of the country to bring goods fro 28 percent tax slab to 18 percent. However, the opposition party does not approve of these changes.

He also added, "We are hot happy with these changes. We don't want 5 different tax slabs, need only one. We need structural change in GST."

The GST Council on Friday decided to reduce tax rate on items ranging from chewing gums to detergents -- to 18 per cent from current 28 per cent The all-powerful council pruned the list of items attracting the top 28 per cent tax rate to just 50 from 228 previously. The GST, implemented from July 1, has five tax slabs of 0 per cent, 5 per cent, 12 per cent, 18 per cent and 28 per cent.

Rahul Gandhi was addressing a public rally in Chiloda, Gandhinagar.

In the first phase of the Navsarjan Yatra Gandhi tried to play the soft Hindutva card, visiting temples and shrines in the Patidar-dominated Saurashtra region. The second phase was about ensuring that Congress's traditional vote bank does not slip away. In the third phase, Rahul covered 30 Assembly constituencies across Bharuch, Tapi, Navsari, Valsad and Surat districts in south Gujarat.

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