Politicising GST won’t benefit Congress: BJP

New Delhi : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and union minister Muktar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday said the Congress Party won’t gain anything by politicising the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.

“Rahul Gandhi’s political pride won’t benefit the Congress Party. If they think by politicizing progress, they are benefitting the nation or their party, then they are wrong. GST is not any party’s bill, it is related with the nation’s development. So, they should not be arrogant or take pride. They are not going to gain anything through this,” Naqvi told ANI.

Naqvi asked the Congress to discuss and debate the GST issue in Parliament.

Resonating similar sentiments, another BJP leader Nalin Kohli said Rahul Gandhi was indulging in another round of accusations without substance.

“On GST, everyone knows that there were serious issues involved. When those issues were ironed out at the time of passing it has come, it’s the Congress Party stalling Parliament. They want to shift the tables to remove the blame, which is clearly at their end,” he added.

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi assured the Centre that should it agree to the three demands put forward by the Congress, the GST Bill will be passed in less than fifteen minutes.

Interacting with Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) students here, Rahul lashed out at the BJP for blocking Congress and UPA initiatives such as the GST for the last seven years.

“The Congress Party actually brought the GST to the table. It was a conceptualised and designed by us, by Manmohan Singh ji and our economic team. Arun Jaitley, who wants the GST to happen, did not allow it to be passed for seven years. Manmohan had umpteen conversations with Mr. Narendra Modi who was the chief minister of Gujarat but he did not allow the bill to be passed,” Rahul said. (ANI)