For Opposing the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation,Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has hit out at the Congress.
“Uttar Pradesh election showed the BJP had the support of people on demonetisation while the Gujarat polls would prove who enjoyed the backing of people on the GST. Let it be decided in Gujarat once. When results of Gujarat election are announced, it will become clear who has the backing of people. Uttar Pradesh election was held after demonetisation, we have seen the results,” responding to a question about demonetisation, GST and alleged irregularities in BJP president Amit Shah’s son Jay Shah’s firm becoming election issues in Gujarat. “: Arun Jaitley.
On the question of Congress’s opposition to GST, Jaitley said, “It was the Congress, who had asked for the GST. Now, they are trying to change their stand. All their state finance ministers support it but the party, which is an opportunist party, opposes it. I feel it (the opposition to GST and demonetisation) is not a strong force.”
Among his critics were several leaders from the opposition Congress party; Jaitley said the BJP simply did what the Congress couldn’t while they were in power. The finance minister took a shot at his critics who claim that demonetisation has hurt the Indian economy — at least in the short-run.