Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday dubbed the implementation of GST as a "tamasha", saying the reform was being rushed through in a "half-baked" manner as a "self-promotional spectacle".
Gandhi, currently abroad on a holiday, hit out at the government, accusing it of being "insensitive" for rolling out GST without planning, foresight and institutional readiness, as it did during demonetisation.
Here is what he said on Twitter:
A reform that holds great potential is being rushed through in a half-baked way with a self-promotional spectacle #GSTTamasha— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) June 30, 2017
India deserves a #GST rollout that does not put crores of its ordinary citizens, small businesses & traders through tremendous pain &anxiety— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) June 30, 2017
Unlike demonetisation, GST is a reform that @INCIndia has championed & backed from the beginning— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) June 30, 2017
But like demonetisation,GST is being executed by an incompetent&insensitive Govt w/o planning foresight &institutional readiness #GSTTamasha— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) June 30, 2017
Gandhi's tweets come a day after the Congress announced its boycott of the midnight GST launch event by the government at the Central Hall of Parliament tonight.
The Congress is boycotting the event on grounds that a taxation reform could not be equated to midnight celebrations of Indian Independence the Central Hall has seen on August 15, 1947, and later on 25 years of freedom in 1972. It was followed by the celebration of the Golden jubilee of Independence in 1997