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Cong will reform, simplify GST if voted to power, says Rahul

Cong will reform, simplify GST if voted to power, says Rahul

The Congress leader said RSS is running the government and BJP has planted its people in every department and ministry. "Even secretaries in ministries are appointed by the RSS", Gandhi told News18.

In a more "secular" avatar, AICC president Rahul Gandhi, who has been on a temple-run for the last two days during the "Janaashirvada Yatra" of the ruling Congress in Kanataka, squeezed in a dargah visit in Raichur on Monday. "In Madhya Pradesh, the Vyapam scam happened and they destroyed the education system so as to have their people", he charged.

"Our (Congress) position is that when we come back to power, we will reform the current GST, simplify it and attempt a one-tax with a cap that is minimum", Rahul said during an interaction with professionals and entrepreneurs.

Explaining that institutions do not belong to any party or ideology, Congress president said even the people in NITI Aayog were from RSS.

As an instance of the RSS role in the government's functioning, he said an RSS ideologue was behind demonetsation and not the Reserve Bank of India or Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitely.




Karnataka goes to polls in the first quarter of the year as the term of the incumbent government ends on May 30.

The GST will be capped at 18% and the largest number of items that are used by the poor will be kept out of the tax net, he declared on Tuesday.

"You (Modi) speak about corruption in Karnataka but remain silent about huge increase in business fortunes of Amit Shah's son Jay Shah", Gandhi said. Some dubbed it a silent troll against Modi over his "Pakoda statement", while BJP men were quick to remind that Congress leaders had equated "pakora" sellers to "beggars".

In his opening remarks before he began taking questions, Rahul severely attacked the BJP-led Centre for ending up "isolating" India with a "flawed" foreign policy. We kept telling them not to impose these five tax slabs but they did not listen to us. "You see the Chinese have a presence in Nepal, they have a presence in Pakistan, in Sri Lanka, in Maldives..."

Gandhi said India finds itself isolated in the global community as friendly countries like Russian Federation were getting close to "our neighbour on the western side", a reference to Pakistan. "In this situation, India has to have a clear understanding of the path going forward", he said.


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