Rahul Gandhi slams govt for not paying GST compensation dues to states

Rahul Gandhi slams govt for not paying GST compensation dues to states

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday the central government over pending GST compensation to states, adding that it is an integral part of the indirect tax agreement between the central government and states.

He also slammed the government for its handling of the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. In a tweet, Gandhi said the economy has been “shattered by PM (Modi) and COVID”.

Gandhi took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the central government said it has no money to pay GST compensation to states. He said, “PM (Modi) gives 1.4 lakh crore tax cuts to corporates, buys 2 planes for himself for Rs 8,400 crore. The Centre has no money to pay states. FM tells states to borrow.”

“Why is your CM mortgaging your future for Modi?” Gandhi asked.

Gandhi has been critical of the BJP-led NDA government on several issues including its handling of the coronavirus situation in the country and the economy. He also expressed dissent against the recent farm bills that were passed by the government.

A few months ago, the senior Congress leader kept raising his voice against rising unemployment in the country in the wake of the pandemic. Gandhi had said earlier that the implementation of central government policies like demonetization and GST led to the collapse of India’s economy.