Arrogant Rulers Became Helpless Before Might of People, Says Uddhav Thackeray on GST Relief
“The arrogant rulers had to bow down before the might of people....they (the government) had become helpless after feeling the fire burning inside people. After the GST cuts, the government should do something for the common man. Reduce Inflation, fuel prices and stop load shedding,” Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said.
File photo of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. (Getty Images)
Mumbai: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday targeted its ally BJP over Goods and Services Tax (GST) reforms and said the Centre was compelled to make the rate changes as “arrogant rulers had become helpless before the might of people.”
“The arrogant rulers had to bow down before the might of people....they (the government) had become helpless after feeling the fire burning inside people. After the GST cuts, the government should do something for the common man. Reduce Inflation, fuel prices and stop load shedding,” he said.
The Sena chief said Diwali was round the corner when people performed ‘Laxmi pujan’ but people had little ‘laxmi’ (money) left as the Centre “looted” them by imposing more and more taxes.
“An impression is being created that the relief in GST was a Diwali gift to the people. It is certainly not so. Do you consider not troubling people or fleecing them a Diwali gift?” he said.
Shiv Sena is a part of the BJP-led governments both at the Centre and in Maharashtra, but has frequently targeted the Narendra Modi government on a host of issues, including demonetisation.
“Why did you levy such high rates if you had to bring them down later. Will you return the excess money collected from people all these days?” Thackeray asked.
Three months after the rollout of the new indirect tax regime, the GST Council on Friday made sweeping changes to give relief to small and medium businesses on filing and payment of taxes, eased rules for exporters and cut tax rates on more than two dozen items.
The Sena chief also sought to take credit for the eviction of hawkers from railway stations premises in the wake of the recent foot overbrigde stampede at the Elphinstone station in Mumbai that left 23 people dead.
He said Sena ministers had submitted a memorandum to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the issue and he initiated the eviction drive in response to the Sena's demand.
(with PTI inputs)
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