Those who have looted the country could only think of dacoits: Modi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Nov 2017 14:32:24


 

MORBI (Guj),

Attacks Rahul for calling GST ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’


CONTINUING his high decibel campaign in poll-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for calling GST ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ and said those who looted the country could only think of dacoits.


In a stinging rebuttal to Gandhi’s repeated criticism of the Goods and Services Tax, a key economic reform of the NDA Government, Modi said a recently emerged “economist” was propagating a “grand stupid thought” by suggesting that GST rate be capped at 18 per cent.


Making a fresh bid for power in his home state, where the Bharatiya Janata Party has ruled for over two decades, Modi also listed various development works by the Government on water conservation, agriculture and development of the Saurashtra region.


Addressing a huge rally in Morbi town in the region, which goes to polls in the first phase on December 9, he accused the Congress of taking credit for minor schemes, like providing hand-pumps, while saying that the BJP rule brought in major works like the Narmada project.


Making a strong appeal to the people to vote for the BJP in this Patidar community stronghold, Modi said his party should not be voted out for 100 years. “Today, some so called smart people, some new economists have emerged who are misleading people,” he declared in his speech in Gujarati.


“Those who have looted people throughout their life, they can only remember dacoits,” Modi said in a reply to Gandhi’s ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ jibe, recalling the iconic villain from the Bollywood blockbuster “Sholay”.
He said Gandhi was propagating a ‘grand stupid thought’ in the name of GST, telling people that they will slash all tax rates and make it 18 per cent.


This means 18 per cent tax on salt and 18 per cent tax on
luxury cars costing Rs 5 crore, he noted. “What kind of smartness is this... How has such an economist emerged here. You want to make goods used by the poor like clothes, footwear and food costlier and you want to make cigarettes and liquor cheaper,” he said.