NEW DELHI: BJP Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday recived the BusinessLine Changemaker Of The Year award Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for successfully introducing the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The award has given Saffron Party an opportunity to take a dig at the grand old party.
Taking dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi, BJP wrote, "Today GST COUNCIL got BUSINESS LINE-CHANGE MAKER OF YEAR AWARD. Presented to Finance Minister Shri @arunjaitley by Dr Manmohan Singh. Gabbar Singh Tax, Rahul Gandhi?"
The Congress has often accused the PM Modi led government of hastily implementing the GST in 2017, causing untold hardships to citizens as well as small businesses. By calling it "Gabbar Singh Tax", party president Rahul Gandhi meant to say that it is as merciless on the people as the iconic villain played by late actor Amjad Khan from the 1975 classic Sholay.
The award is given by the daily Business Line picked GST Council for the work it has done to bring on stream a one tax for all India which has attempted to reduce the tax burden on consumers, rationalised indirect taxation and simplified rules for compliance by the assesses.
Jaitley accepted the award from Dr Singh on the behalf of the GST Council at a glittering ceremony attended by over 200 guests in New Delhi. The award was shared by petitioners against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, who managed to get a draconian law against same-sex relations quashed in a historic judgment last September.
Even former Prime Minister Manmohan singh had criticised the centre for implementing the GST regime close on the heels of the demonetisation initiative. He had said, "What is the net impact of demonetisation and the hasty implementation of the GST? It led to a slowdown of our economic growth.”