Congress vice-president in an interaction with the students of Mumbai’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies raked up the issue of GST and accused the Modi government of arrogance and intolerance.
The Congress has come under attack for attempts to block the Parliament and not let major reform bills pass. Rahul Gandhi, however, stepped clear of the controversy and said that they are simply putting a little pressure on the government to address three suggestions made by them. “We do not want a GST where there is no cap on taxes. We want a limitation on maximum tax that can be charged to the people. Functioning of GST requires huge infrastructure, the work has not even begun for that. Govt should begin that work”, the Congress leader said.
Commenting on reports that said Finance Minister met him seeking co-operation on the GST Bill, Rahul said: “Jaitleyji came to see me and the press stated that he talked to me about GST, actually he came to invite me for his daughter’s wedding”.
Speaking on a wide range of topics, Rahul even advised the students to not limit themselves and be prepared to take risks. “Idea to change the world will fail if you don’t know what you are doing”, he said.
Comparing the economies of China and India, the Congress vice-president pointed out that China is bigger than India in terms of economy and strength. “Millions of people paid for it with their lives (In China). We didn’t kill millions of people. I am much happier to live in India, China is a stronger country but India will move ahead,” Rahul said.
The Gandhi scion also answered questions on Start-Ups, and pointed out that even now excessive red tape and government regulations are hurdles for the entrepreneurs. Also, he said that an ecosystem should be in place for the benefit of Start-Ups.
Coming down hard on the RSS, Rahul said that their culture cannot be imposed on the entire country. Intolerance is rampant and any voice of dissent is quashed. Start-Ups can only flourish if free thinking and questioning is allowed and the government must understand that intolerance and Start-Ups cannot go hand in hand.
The Congress vice-president will start his roadshow after the interaction.