For Rahul, GST still a poll weapon

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"India does not need a Gabbar Singh Tax".

Jammu: Union minister Jitendra Singh on Saturday said the GST rejig reflects the "sensitivity" of the Modi government and it has no hesitation in accepting inputs as the new taxation system is meant for the benefit of common people.

Earlier in the day, the GST Council chose to reduce tax rate on a wide range of mass use items - from chewing gums to detergents - to 18 per cent from current 28 per cent.

On the first day of his three-day campaign to poll-bound Gujarat, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi launched an attack at the Centre over its decision to revise the structure of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). "He has many things to thank BJP about", Singh said.

"As far as modifications made by the GST council are concerned, I think this is a reflection of the sensitivity with which the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government works... this is the government which is open to inputs".

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"Congress party's goal will be to push for one rate: RNR (revenue neutral rate) with an RNR plus and RNR minus", former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said.

"When GST rate is capped at 18%, this government would have learnt its lesson belatedly", Chidambaram said in a series of Tweets posted late Friday night and Saturday morning.

"The GST Council was formed, and all state Finance Ministers are a part of it". If someone was dissatisfied, we being a sensitive government were forthcoming in making changes. "These are Gujarat's and the country's demands", Gandhi added.

Alpesh Thakore, leader of the Other Backward Castes (OBC), Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST), OSS Ekta Manch, who has been inducted in the grand old party's Gujarat unit, is accompanying Gandhi during his visit. "You are a "bachcha" (child) in front of Modi".

Gandhi is likely to visit six temples in the course of his three-day tour including the famous Ambaji temple.

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