I am yet to understand GST, says BJP Minister

New Delhi: Om Prakash Dhurve, the food and supplies minister of Madhya Pradesh has said that he is yet to understand the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

While addressing a gathering at the Umariya district in the state, the Minister in a video is seen saying, “GST mai khud hi nahi samajh paa raha hoon, to iss sambandh mein nahi bolunga. Bade bade CA nahin samajh paa rahe hain, vyapari nahin samajh paa rahe hain (I am not able to understand GST so I don’t want to comment on it. Many chartered accountants and traders are also not able to understand it).”

He further added that it would take some time to understand the tax reform system.

“Samajh samajh ka khel hai. Dheere dheere jab samajh jaayenge to bohot sukoon milega, acha lagega (Slowly, when I understand GST it will bring a lot of relief).”

Rahul Gandhi, earlier had said that the Congress will bring in sweeping changes in the GST to mitigate the sufferings of the people when they come into power in 2019.

“We will completely change the GST after coming to power in 2019 to mitigate the sufferings of the people hit by it,” Rahul Gandhi said, while addressing poll rallies at Paonta Sahib, Chamba and Nagrota in the poll-bound hill state.

Reflecting on the claims of BJP leaders that the indirect tax structure was passed with Congress support, Gandhi said the present structure of GST was not what was proposed by his party.

“The government implemented the GST in haste with the highest tax slab of 28 per cent and a very complicated procedure of filing returns which has ruined businesses,” the Congress vice-president said.

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