"BJP government, including Prime Minister and Finance Minister, has been putting up false smoke screen by accusing Congress for obstructing GST, while the truth is that GST stands consistently red-flagged for last nine years by RSS and Swadeshi Jagran Manch.
"BJP government has resorted to misleading and dramatic optics to masquerade its mal-intent rather than sincere operationalisation of GST in the interest of people of India," party spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil told reporters at the AICC briefing.
The Congress leader also furnished a number of purported documents to show that under PM Modi's chief ministership, Gujarat "consistently and bitterly opposed the GST".
"Between the years 2007 to 2014, 54 meetings of 'Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers' were held. In each meeting, PM Modi-led Gujarat government not only opposed the Constitutional amendment comprising GST Bill but also described it against the federal spirit of Constitution as also the rights of states to fiscal autonomy," he alleged.
Gohil also read out portions from BJP manifesto of 2009 Lok Sabha polls, in which the party had purportedly said that the Central Sales Tax (CST) will be abolished and Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be rationalised between 12 to 14 percent while Fringe benefit tax (FBT) will go.
"What completely exposes the doublespeak of BJP is the fact that in the 2009 election manifesto, BJP itself had suggested a maximum taxation cap of 12 per cent to 14 percent," Gohil said whose party is insisting on putting a 18 percent cap on GST in Constitution.
Gohil alleged that PM Modi, Jaitely and the entire BJP are ideologically opposed to a universal GST regime in India as an engine for economic growth.


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