Himachal Congress criticising GST only for political gains : Nadda

North Gazette News/ Shimla

Union Health and Family Welfare minister JP Nadda said that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was being criticized by the Congress party just for political gains.

He claimed that the new taxation regime would take country forward on economic front.

Nadda said GST would brighten India’s chances of being economically compatible with other economies of the world and its implementation was welcomed by all parties of the country.

However while taking the middle route Nadda said that GST Bill was formulated by former Congress led UPA government and it was the then Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee who had muted the idea of single taxation regime. After that the bill was carried forward by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government and the consent of all parties including Chief Ministers, Finance ministers of all states was taken for finalizing it.

Union Health Minister said the opposition parties and HP Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had given consent for final draft but now the same parties and leaders are criticizing and blaming Modi government.

Trying to justify the new taxation policy amid criticism from all corners, Nadda said whenever a new legislation or idea is implemented, there are several hiccups or lapses but we are open to change and amendments.

“It’s a continuous process and more changes will be brought in the taxation regime to grant relief to affected sections of the society,” he said, adding, in long term, consumers would be its biggest beneficiaries.

While commenting on the rebellion within party ranks after ticket allotment, he said tough decisions are taken by the party to ensure the victory in assembly and all criterions including surveys and local issues were kept in mind while granting tickets.

Union Health and Family Welfare minister said the people of the state have resentment against the Congress rule on account inefficient governance and corruption.

“While the Congress party is contesting elections to gain power, our ulterior motive is to provide good governance and all round development of the state,” he said, adding the party is confident of winning more than 60 seats in assembly polls.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party chief Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Textiles minister Smriti Irani, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath along with other leaders would soon start campaigning for party candidates.

“While Modi would address rallies at Fatehpur in Kangra district, Nahan in Sirmaur district on 2 November, Shah would address public meetings on 30 October at Dalhousie in Chamba district and Jawali in Kangra district,” he said.

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