'Thank You, Gujarat', tweets Chidambaram: Here is why

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Taking a jibe at Modi government, Chidambaram on Friday 'thanked Gujarat' for the latest rate cut in Goods and Services Tax (GST) and said your elections did what Parliament and common sense could not do.


The GST council on Thursday removed 178 items from the highest 28 percent category in a major revamp of the GST structure.

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram claimed that changes in GST were made keeping in mind upcoming Gujarat elections.

In a series of tweets after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that the GST Council has decided to slash tax slabs for 178 items from 28 percent to 18 percent, Chidambaram said that the rate has been "capped" at 18 percent.

"When GST rate is capped at 18 per cent, this government would have learnt its lesson belatedly. The Congress is vindicated. I am vindicated. The merit of capping GST at 18 percent is now recognised," the Congress leader said.

"Thank you, Gujarat. Your elections did what Parliament and common sense could not do," he said as the rate cut comes at a time when Gujarat is set to go to polls.

"Congress party's next goal will be to push for one rate: RNR with an RNR plus and an RNR minus," the former finance minister added.

Chidambaram had, ahead of the 23rd GST Council meet on Thursday, also tweeted that people must expect major changes to be announced on the day.

"Expect a shower of changes in GST rates from GST Council meeting today. Panic-stricken govt has no option but to concede demands for change," he had tweeted.

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