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GST: 5 undue profiteering cases reported

There have been 5 complaints in Rajasthan against undue profiteering under GST. A four-member committee which was set up by the ministry of finance after GST was implemented to receive the complaints of undue profiteering by any entity under the GST regime has got these complaints.These complaints from the state are part of 70 complaints which have been received by this committee across the country. The highest number of complaints has been received in Haryana with 45 number of complaints while Rajasthan along with Andhra Pradesh is on number two in the list with 5-5 complaints each.These complaints are now being examined by the state level screening committee. Interestingly, these complaints were received from only 11 states and the total number of complaints was 70. Rajasthan is one of these states in the list which includes apart from Rajasthan, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh, states like Jharkhand, Maharashtra, National capital territory of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Kerala, Chattisgarh, and Tamilnadu.While most of these states are considered more industrialize than Rajasthan, they all had complaints number less than Rajasthan.Notably, section 171 of GST deals with rules related to anti-profiteering and a committee and the national anti-profiteering authority may determine the methodology and procedure for determination as to whether the reduction in rate of tax on the supply of goods or services or the benefit of input tax credit has been passed on by the registered person to the recipient by way of commensurate reduction in prices.The authority while examining the case may also order to reduce the price.The complaints are currently being examined by the state level screening committee.Screening panelThe screening committee may examine if the supplier has contravened the provisions of section 171, forward the application with its recommendations to the Standing Committee for further action. The authority may also order to reduce the price.

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Also, a minister of state (independent charge) at Modi government, Sinha presented the plan of putting India’s telecommunication on fast track. “India has lagged behind in implementation of 2G and 3G telecom technology, however, we will be among the foremost nations to adopt 5G technology in 2020,” he said.
The minister on the occasion informed the gathering on funds of ‘Rs 145 crore being allocated to IIT at Chennai for development of 5 generation technology’. In his plans for digital rise the minister ensured trust on the state promoted telecommunication company BSNL. He said that BSNL has proved its relevance by providing network support during crucial times of ‘demonitization’ and ‘GST implementation’ and expressed confidence of BSNL gaining furthermore popularity as mobile phone service provider with dedicated efforts of its employees.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByAvanindra Mishra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Sunday 24 December 2017 4:31 ISTMust readAnti-Salman Khan protests hit Rajasthan over Valmiki remarkManoj Sinha rides bullet train at Digital speed to create New India<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Minister of state for Railways was quick to react when asked about the high-speed bullet train. Though he is the crucial man behind implementation of PM Modi’s flagship hi-speed Mumbai-Ahmedabad train project, he is still searching for an appropriate ‘Desi’ nomenclature for the ambitious project. “As of now it is known as hi-speed train and we are looking for an Indian name for the same,” he answered with pun when asked about ‘bullet train’ in India at ‘New India 2017’ Conclave of Zee Hindustan. It is, however, not just the name that the minister wishes to be indigenous about. The ambitious project is being developed with technical and financial help from Japan. “The loan from Japan is indeed a help considering the 0.01 per cent interest and payback period of 50 years. We are working in direction of developing the technology within the country,” said Sinha. The minister also stressed on the efforts of the present government in improving the existing train networks. Also, the local impact on Rajasthan stating that the railways have allocated projects of Rs 3400 crore for the state this year multiple times more than Rs 700-800 crores being allocated annually by previous government. On fast trackAlso, a minister of state (independent charge) at Modi government, Sinha presented the plan of putting India’s telecommunication on fast track. “India has lagged behind in implementation of 2G and 3G telecom technology, however, we will be among the foremost nations to adopt 5G technology in 2020,” he said. The minister on the occasion informed the gathering on funds of ‘Rs 145 crore being allocated to IIT at Chennai for development of 5 generation technology’. In his plans for digital rise the minister ensured trust on the state promoted telecommunication company BSNL. He said that BSNL has proved its relevance by providing network support during crucial times of ‘demonitization’ and ‘GST implementation’ and expressed confidence of BSNL gaining furthermore popularity as mobile phone service provider with dedicated efforts of its employees.

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Vote share rise only silver lining for Congress in urban seats

To say that Congress lost the 2017 assembly elections in the four largest cities of Gujarat would be an understatement. The truth is that the party was roasted. This in spite of the fact that Congress won one more seat in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot cities, and even its vote-share was higher, as compared with 2012 polls.In the 2012 assembly elections, Congress had won three out of 36 seats in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, and Vadodara cities. It had won two seats in Ahmedabad, and one in Rajkot.Move forward to 2017, the Congress won four out of the 36 seats, all of them in Ahmedabad. Voters in Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot firmly backed the BJP, as a result of which Congress failed to win a single seat in these cities.A closer look at the election results shows that Congress failed to add to its tally despite a 2.5% rise in its vote-share in the four cities over 2012 polls.In 2012, Congress had a vote-share of 31.7% in the 36 urban seats of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot. This has gone up to 34.2% in 2017 polls.The vote share of BJP, which won only 99 out of 182 assembly seats, its worst performance in the state since 1995, was unchanged in the four cities at 61%. In other words, in spite of the simmering anger over demonetisation and GST, Congress failed to draw away voters from BJP, and the higher vote share was at the cost of other parties and independent candidates.In the 2017 assembly elections, of the 60.20 lakh votes cast in the 36 urban seats of the four large cities of Gujarat, BJP got 36.77 lakh votes, and Congress 20.56 lakh.In 2012 polls, BJP had got 32.65 lakh out of 53.65 lakh votes case, while Congress had got a little over 17 lakh.Though overall BJP’s vote share remained steady in the four key cities, the analysis reveals different patterns in each city.In Ahmedabad for instance, BJP’s vote-share declined from 62.50% in 2012 to 60.3% in 2017, and Congress’s share rose from 31% to over 35.5% – not surprising given that it won two more seats in the city over the previous elections.In Surat, both parties saw their vote share going up. BJP’s share was up from 60% to 62.6%, and that of Congress up from 30.6% to 32.8%.In contrast, vote share of both parties declined in Vadodara city, whereas in Rajkot, from where Chief Minister Vijay Rupani was among the candidates, BJP’s vote share surged sharply, and that of Congress fell somewhat.IN NUMBERSAhmedabad: 14-2 for BJP in 2012; 12-4 for BJP in 2017Surat: 12-0 for BJP in 2012; 12-0 for BJP in 2017Vadodara: 5-0 for BJP in 2012; 5-0 for BJP in 2017Rajkot: 2-1 for BJP in 2012; 3-0 for BJP in 2017

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First time in three decades, Himachal to get a fresh face

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will form the new Himachal Pradesh government, but minus its chief ministerial candidate, Prem Kumar Dhumal. This bitter-sweet victory for the BJP over long-time rival in the state, Congress, has ensured that for the first time in nearly three decades, a new face will emerge in the state, despite two party stalwarts — Shanta Kumar and Dhumal — still being around.For the record, Congress’ Rajinder Singh Rana has emerged as the giant killer by defeating his one-time political guru Dhumal from the Sujanpur constituency. Another tragedy that struck Dhumal was that it was he who played a crucial role in ensuring the consolidation of the dominant Thakur community in the Hamirpur region.The state has alternately elected Congress and BJP governments since 1985.In the last election in 2012, the Congress won 36 seats and the BJP 26, while six seats went to Independent candidates. While the Congress won’t accept that the corruption charges against CM Virbhadra Singh made a big difference, BJP’s own lack of confidence in any leader’s ability robbed them of quite a few seats.Dhumal’s supporter and state BJP chief Satpal Satti also lost his Una seat to Satpal Singh Razda of Congress. His close confidantes — Ravinder Ravi, Gulab Singh, and Randhir Sharma — also failed to win their respective constituencies.Dhumal, who moved from farming to teaching English and then to politics, was expected to become the CM for the third time. The Congress plank to counter the move with the criticism of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonetisation failed to make much impact on the voters, primarily because Himachal is an employee-dominated state.For all of the 68 Assembly seats, a total of 337 candidates were in the fray. Singh won his Arki seat without much of a threat and also ensured his son Vikramaditya Singh’s debut from Shimla (Rural).The prestigious Shimla (Urban) seat was once again won by BJP’s Suresh Bhardwaj, who defeated Singh-backed rebel Harish Janartha. While CPI (M) came in third, Congress’s own candidate Harbhajan Singh Bhajji stood a poor fourth. Anil Sharma, who resigned from the government and the ruling Congress and joined the BJP just before the polls, along with his father and former telecom minister Sukh Ram, retained his Mandi seat.The CPI (M) is celebrating the victory of Rakesh Singha from Theog, despite it being a Congress stronghold. It must be mentioned that Vidya Stokes has held this seat many times during her long political career.Behind the scenesThe Gudiya rape and murder case, which came to light in the run-up to the elections, remained a major factor behind the Congress’s defeat in the state. Singh’s government was defamed for its apparent effort to shied the culprits. Though the Congress managed to retain the Jubbal-Kotkhai seat with over 9,000 votes, where Rohit Thakur defeated BJP’s Narinder Bragta, the negative publicity helped the rival party gain a huge ground elsewhere in the state.Another factor that helped the BJP score big in this hilly state was the absence of any top Congress leader during the campaigning. In fact, none of the party’s top leaders camped or campaigned in the state, with even party president Rahul Gandhi paying just one visit to address a couple of election rallies.Himachal was left to Singh, despite knowing well that he was fighting with his back to the wall, following the corruption probe. Also, the last five years could well be termed as his worst-ever tenure as he had no achievements to count. His tenure saw the emergence of a few retired bureaucrats, on extension, from his erstwhile state Rampur Bushair, who ran it like a princely state.The BJP, on the other hand, left nothing to chance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed over half a dozen election rallies and all top leaders of the party, including BJP president Amit Shah, home minister Rajnath Singh, finance minister Arun Jaitley, and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, camped in the state for long periods.BJP, however, had nothing much to offer to the voters. The party counted Singh’s failures while Congress pointed at PM Narendra Modi’s three-and-a-half year of “misrule”.Finally, the anti-incumbency sentiment against the Singh government proved much stronger. The impact of demonetisation and the GST had little adverse impact in the state as compared to that in Gujarat.

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What the verdicts mean…

The early jitters in the stock market on Monday morning showed how nervous investors were. The markets were confident of a BJP victory, thanks to the exit polls, but when early counting trends showed the party neck-and-neck with Congress, the Sensex tanked more than 800 points. Later, as counting progressed, it recovered.
Despite taking tough measures such as demonetisation and the brouhaha over GST rollout, the government has managed to keep voters under its wings. Now it can stick to its policy trajectory, with reforms and fiscal consolidation topping the agenda.

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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Tuesday 19 December 2017 1:30 ISTMust read’FRDI Bill will take away people’s bank deposits’: Mamata writes to Jaitley for immediate withdrawalForget sharing your data with banks, in Goa you need to share Aadhaar for paid sex<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>For IndiaThe issue of quota could be back in the political discourse with the Congress’s promise of reservation to Patidars having helped it to consolidate in Patel belts of Gujarat. In order to consolidate its Hindu vote-bank, the BJP’s call for Ram temple will reach a crescendo before 2019 elections. The Hindutva message will be pushed further and deeper. Reacting to Rahul Gandhi reworking his party’s strategy from minority outreach to soft Hindutva, the BJP will scale up Hindutva, along with issues like the ‘Triple Talaq’ in the run-up to 2019. This also means that despite being in office for three years, the Modi government is yet to suffer any substantial anti-incumbency wave. It can breathe easy in 2019 when it faces the next general elections. Trading community’s woes will now get more attention, especially after the results in the Saurashtra region, the diamond hub. The message is, reform with caution. Also, the middle class needs to be kept in mind. The echo of Monday’s results will be heard far beyond the boundaries of the two states and will impact upcoming elections in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. For GujaratGujarat has given one message loud and clear: The voter cannot be taken for granted. BJP got simple majority, but that’s about it. Congress has gained but doesn’t get to rule the state. Were it not for PM Modi, the BJP would have come close to experiencing defeat. Gujarat trusts Modi, but wants the party to work on unresolved issues. Congress could not encash 22 years of anti-incumbency, dissent over GST and Patidar support. Rahul fought gallantly, but will need the rank and file to convert narrow defeats into victory. It must now fight hard on people’s issues. For Himachal PradeshAn end of the road for BJP stalwarts Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal. While Shanta Kumar was already out of the race, the defeat of two-time CM Dhumal and BJP state president Satpal Singh Satti has sent shock waves through the party. With the last-minute decision of declaring Dhumal as its chief ministerial candidate backfiring, the BJP will now think of projecting leaders with a stronger grassroots connect in future Assembly polls. For modi-shah & the bjpThe iron grip of PM Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah on the party will continue. Modi remains the principal vote-catcher of the BJP, while Shah remains the ‘Shah’ of strategy. There will be more centralisation of power within the BJP. The loss of over a dozen seats will act as a wake-up call for the duo. They will now have to re-assess the impact of hard reforms measures on the rural electorate (results in rural Gujarat being a pointer). For Rahul & CongMonday’s results can boost opposition morale in the run-up to the crucial seven state elections in 2018 and the general elections in 2019. Unlike in Gujarat, the Congress state leaderships in Rajasthan and Karnataka are popular. A stronger Congress can also become the nucleus around which all other non-BJP regional parties can gather. Congress has recorded its best performance in Gujarat and this will definitely be a moral booster. It has taken away some 16 seats from the BJP in Gujarat — the credit for which should go to party president Rahul Gandhi. For Hardik & PatidarsDuring the campaign, Hardik Patel was confident that the Patidars would back him, and, therefore, Congress would defeat BJP. That hasn’t happened. He has said that the agitation will be more intense if BJP wins; but he must now introspect as the Patidars in urban areas haven’t voted for Congress, and those in rural areas voted against BJP because they suffered an agrarian crisis. With BJP back in power, Patidars may not get the reservation quota. For Economy & ReformsThe early jitters in the stock market on Monday morning showed how nervous investors were. The markets were confident of a BJP victory, thanks to the exit polls, but when early counting trends showed the party neck-and-neck with Congress, the Sensex tanked more than 800 points. Later, as counting progressed, it recovered. Despite taking tough measures such as demonetisation and the brouhaha over GST rollout, the government has managed to keep voters under its wings. Now it can stick to its policy trajectory, with reforms and fiscal consolidation topping the agenda.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: How GST tweak saved the day for BJP

Last ditch efforts to placate businessmen affected by Goods and Services Tax (GST) saved at least 20 seats for the BJP in the Gujarat Assembly polls, a top business leader in state claimed today. Another trade leader in Surat said that traders did not know that the contest would be so close and they did not want to rub the government in the wrong way and hence did not vote for Congress.From the results and trends available till now, the Congress has won 70 seats in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, while the BJP was victorious in 75 seats. The Congress was leading in 7 other constituencies. The BJP was ahead in 24 other seats.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Akhilesh asks Rahul to build opposition unity ahead of 2019 pollsCities like Ahmedabad, Surat and Rajkot which were major centers of protests by businessmen have voted for BJP as the party won most seats in these cities. BJP’s tally dropped marginally in these trader-dominated cities as Congress made some token inroads in urban areas but failed to make substantial gain in these BJP strongholds.The issue of GST cropped up in Gujarat, right from its rollout in July 2016. High rates of taxation and issues related to compliance caused anger in businessmen and tax practitioner communities. Also readGujarat, Himachal Assembly Elections 2017 Verdict: Nation is ready for reforms, PM Modi saysSevere penal provisions, often because of systemic issues, had caused severe dissent among the traders. As the issue snowballed, the central government rushed in a team of tax officials to Surat, Vadodara and Ahmedabad. Following the feedback received, the government initiated massive course correction. “After the meeting, businessmen preferred to stay with BJP. If these measures were not taken, BJP would have easily lost 20-22 seats,” said Shailesh Patwari, President of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry.On the other hand, a segment of business leaders believe that even though traders were adversely affected because of GST, they did not vote for Congress as they underestimated the support Congress was getting from the masses. “Traders did not imagine in their faintest of dreams that Congress and Rahul Gandhi would be able to garner so much support. If it had occurred to them, then they have voted aggressively in favour of Congress,” said Jaylal, President of Surat Vividh Vepari Mahamandal and was one of the key players to lead the protests by textile traders in Surat. “Businessmen have to face government authorities day in and day out. So they preferred not to antagonize BJP,” said Jaylal. He said that the elections have key takeaways for trading community and Congress has re-emerged as a credible force in the country. “Even Rahul Gandhi has emerged as a leader who could single-handedly challenged Modi and Amit Shah in their den. We can’t say that he failed. Had the Manishankar Aiyar and Kapil Sibal episodes not happened, then results would have been quite different,” he added.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: No longer a cakewalk for BJP in 2019 LS poll, says TRS leader

The lower-than-expected poll performance of the BJP in Gujarat suggests that the 2019 general elections are not going to be a cakewalk to the NDA lead party, a senior TRS leader said today.”The key takeaway (of Gujarat Assembly elections) is it’s not (going to be) a cakewalk for the BJP any more in 2019 election,” Telangana Rashtra Samiti Floor Leader in Lok Sabha, A P Jithender Reddy told PTI.”They (BJP) have to basically again check their administration,” he said.Also read5 reasons why BJP managed to win Gujarat for consecutive 6th timeThough the BJP is set to return to power in the western state, Reddy saw the electoral verdict as being a setback to the party.”Definitely (it’s a setback). 103 seats (the projected BJP tally this afternoon) is not coming back to power (it should have been bigger number of seats),” he said.On the Gujarat Assembly election results, Reddy said, “This is what I think is the demonetisation and GST effect.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Hardik Patel puts blame on EVMs, vows to continue ‘struggle’People have not really liked what has been done by the BJP government, and this is a ballot result they have given.” He claimed that businessmen have been “suffering” due to the introduction of GST, and said the trading community in the state has seen “very bad times in the last three months”.”So this is a reflection of that, and also anti-incumbency,” Reddy added.Meanwhile, Telangana Minister for IT and Industries K T Rama Rao congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his party’s “victory” in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.He also appreciated the Congress party for putting up a strong fight in Gujarat Assembly elections.”Congrats to BJP & @narendramodi Ji on retaining Gujarat & being victorious in Himachal Pradesh. Congrats INC on putting up a spirited fight. Democracy needs both a stable Government & a vibrant opposition. Let’s hope Good Governance takes centre stage & politics the backseat,” Rao tweeted.The BJP workers in the state celebrated the victory of the BJP in both the states by distributing sweets.Telangana BJP chief K Laxman said the victory in both the states is a result of faith that the people have reposed in Modi.”People of Gujarat did not believe in the negative campaign undertook by the Congress on GST and demonetisation.People there did not forget the development that the state witnessed in BJP and Modi’s rule,” Laxman said.He exuded confidence that BJP will win in Telangana in future.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Post Guaratj polls, politics to weigh more on economy, says Assocham

With conclusion of the high stakes Gujarat Assembly elections, and several other states to go to polls in 2018, political realities are expected to weigh heavily on economic decisions of the central government, said industry body Assocham based on its internal assessment.The industry chamber said that the political compulsions would also be visible on the forthcoming Union Budget, which is expected to be the last full-fledged budget of the Union government before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.”Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, a number of states such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh are due to go to polls. Inevitably, the Centre and states concerned would have to factor in populist sentiments in their decisions. Any tough reforms such as flexibility in labour laws may not go well with the popular sentiment, and hence India Inc’s expectations should be muted,” the chamber said in a note, indicating that tough reform measures may not be taken.However, Assocham also said that streamlining of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and rationalisation of tax rates would be an important takeaway from the current political-economic environment.”GST had not gone down well with traders, and the issue was in focus during Gujarat elections,” it said adding that the Centre’s plans to streamline regulatory procedures and rationalise tax slabs would be welcome measures.The chamber said that SMEs would also get a boost in the coming days, starting with the Budget proposals, as the government starts focusing more on job creation in the run-up to the 2019 General Elections.”Going forward to 2018 and 2019, we expect major attention going to the rural landscape with initiatives like support to farmers, rural and agri infrastructure,” Assocham added.

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Bank NPAs biggest scam during UPA regime: PM Narendra Modi

On the eve of the second and final phase of polling in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly defended his government’s economic policies — including GST — and launched a scathing attack on the previous UPA regime, saying rising bank NPAs were the biggest scam of its time.Modi alleged that banks were pressured to give loans worth thousands of crores of rupees to select industrialists, in a scam bigger than 2G, coal and Commonwealth Games. “The biggest scam of UPA government is related to business in banks. In a way, the hard-earned money of people was looted through industrialists,” he said. He also assured people that their bank deposits are safe, amid worries over a “bail-in” provision in the proposed Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill that actually “seeks to strengthen the banking system.”Speaking at a FICCI event on Wednesday, he said the objective behind GST was not to increase revenue but to connect traders with the formal system. BJP has been grappling with traders’ protesters in Gujarat over the new tax rolled out in July.The PM said it was the demand of Indian industries that GST should be implemented, and urged the trade body to spread awareness about the key economic reform.”Measures like GST do not get a solid footing all of a sudden. We are trying to change a system which has been there for 70 years. Our effort is that maximum traders register,” he said.”This was not brought because the government had to earn more tax. The more formal the system becomes, the more benefit will accrue to the poor. Traders will have more ease and they will be able get bank credit more easily,” the PM said. GST will reduce logistics costs, thereby enhancing competitiveness of businesses, he said.The PM said the hopes and aspirations of people are to rid the country of internal problems like corruption, and black money. Political parties and industry chambers should keep in mind the country’s requirements and feelings of people, and work accordingly, the PM said.Attacking “those who are making much noise on NPAs nowadays”, the PM said that this is the “biggest liability” handed over to this government by the “economists” in the previous regime.The PM made repeated references to the work done by his government. He said that 87 important reforms in key sectors, including defence, finance and food processing, have been taken up in the last three years. He said that fuel inflation has dropped in rural areas after more than 3 crore women were given free cooking gas connections under the Ujjwala scheme, while over Rs 4 lakh crore guarantee-less loans were given to about 9.75 lakh youth for business, leading to 3 crore new entrepreneurs being created since the launch of the Mudra scheme.He rued that rumours are being spread about the FRDI Bill, while the government is working to protect the interests of account holders.

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Election Commission to ‘examine’ Rahul Gandhi’s interviews with Gujarati channels after BJP complaint

The Election Commission on Wednesday said it it is looking into the complaints regarding the alleged violation of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 by Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi whose interview with Gujarati TV channels was telecast after the campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly elections closed on Tuesday evening. BB Swain,Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat, said the poll body has collected the DVDs of the interviews and is looking into the matter. “We have got a complaint regarding telecast of an interview. We have collected the DVDs. We will be doing due examination and look into whether it has violated Rules 126 RP Act or not,” Swain said. Earlier, Union Minister Piyush Goyal alleged said it is not permitted to give an interview after the campaigning has ended. “It was not permitted to give an interview in the last 48 hours of campaigning in Gujarat. I am sure the Election Commission will take cognizance of this and take an action,” Goyal said. The campaigning for the Gujarat Assembly elections drew close on Tuesday evening. Reacting to the BJP charge, Congress said the ruling party is using the “EC as a tool for its political gains.” Also readGujarat polls: Rahul hopes for ‘zabardast result’; give a fitting reply to opposition’s lies, says Modi“When Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi gave interviews to a few Gujarati news channels, BJP, in the name of Election Commission, threatened to jail the journalists of those channels for broadcasting it. We condemn this arrogant behavior of BJP,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.Rahul’s interview with two regional channels, including Zee Kalak, was telecast on Wednesday. Speaking to Zee Kalak, Zee media group’s Gujarati channel, Rahul said this Gujarat election is about truth.”This election will be fought on truth – the truth of note ban, ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ (in reference to GST) etc. You go to Surat, Ahmedabad or any other place in Gujarat, all the small businessmen are saying the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has destroyed them,” he said.Gandhi, who will formally take over as party president later this week, said he believes in the truth and speaks the truth.Voting for 93 seats of 182-member Gujarat Assembly will take place tomorrow and the results for elections will be announced on December 18.

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Unava stands testimony to communal harmony

As the campaign wrapped up for the second and last phase of polls in Gujarat, Khadim of Mira Datar Saiiyed, Altafmiya spoke about the warmth that Muslims and local Patidars exchanged even today, notwithstanding the scars of 2002 post Godhra riots, which saw Muslims from Unjha deserting homes and settling here.In the Prime Minister Narendra Modi versus Rahul Gandhi blitgkreig campaign Modi, Mandir and Mandal dominated the poll discourse in Gujarat, but the Muslim factor got pushed into the background in the one of most keenly contested elections.But amid the polarised campaign in Gujarat, a shrine of Hazrat Sayyad Ali Mira Datar located in Unava, 80 km away from Ahmedabad, stands testimony of the communal harmony.The shrine in a fort like structure near river Pushpavati, falls in Prime Minister Modi’s hometown Mehsana. Modi’s native village Vadnagar falls in Unjha constituency, of which Unava is a part.The Muslim population in Unava is around 7,000, outnumbered by Hindus, who are 30,000 in number. They include Patidars, the OBCs, Thakors. Around 2,000 Muslims had migrated to Unava from areas like Patan, Mehsana, Unjha and Shivpur and their properties are still here.”The influential Patidars living there have asked the Muslims to come back. After some time maybe,” says Haaji Abdul Islam.He discusses with gusto, the impact that the GST could make on poll results but insists there is no communal tension in the area now. “Our farms are close to each other. After 2002, there were no communal riots here. The Patels come to our rescue when we need to get some work done from the government. They are influential and helpful,” says Fazoo Mian.He also recalls that Gujarat Chief Minister Chimanbhai Patel had represented the Unjha Assembly seat in 1985 and in 1990, had got a water tank constructed in the name of Datar Baba.The community, though mostly inclined to vote for Congress, wants to move beyond 2002 riots, talking of its good relationship with neigbouring Hindus.A youth Aftab says, “2002 riots is an old issue. Most of the doctors have their residences and clinics in Patidar areas. So if somebody from our family falls sick, we go there even at midnightThere are nine doors of pure silver including “Jannati Darwaja” to enter the dargah. It is believed that whoever is “possesed by evils, gets cured if he or she comes to dargah with devotion. It was due to his miraculous powers of healing that the honorific of Meera Datar was added to Sayyad Ali. The fortlike structure in which the dargah is located once had a flour grinding mill called ‘Daadi Maa Ki Chakki”, which was later removed and a gumbad was constructed in its place. Those who visit the shine believe that if anyone possessed of an evil spirit takes seven round of the gumbad, his evil spirit is gone. The devotees believe that a visit at the shrine can free oneself form black magic, unknown mysterious diseases, incurable physical and psychiatric problems.In 2012, the state government, an NGO named Altruist and the trustees of the dargah had joined hands to help the mentally ill, who visit the shrine in hope of relief.The faith healers at the dargah, who called themselves ‘Mujawars’ says they are descendants of Saiyad Ali.Since Hindus also visit the shrines in large numbers, apart from 70 rooms for guests in dargah compound, there are four guest houses for Hindus and specially for Jain Hindus.In Unjha, BJP has fielded octogenarian Narayanbhai Lalludas Patel, who has won the seat consecutively for last five term while Congress has fielded Ashaben Patel.As the contest promises to be a keen one this time with Patidars inclined towards Congress, both Muslims and Patels, who in 2002 were on the cross roads, seems standing together as far as their political preferences are concerned.”Patels are always with BJP. But Modi government has implemented GST. After that there is some anger against the government among Patidar businessmen. Let us see what happens this time,” says Fazoo Mian.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: From Neech Aadmi to Pakistan-Ahmed Patel row; statements that dominated the campaign

As the campaigning for Gujarat assembly election finished today, voters can finally heave a sigh of relief after days of non-stop bickering between top political leaders. From calling GST as ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ to accusing Pakistan of meddling in Gujarat polls, both Congress and BJP left no stones unturned to make sharp jab at each others. Here are some of the most talked about statements made during Gujarat campaign. 1. Gabbar Singh TaxStepping up his attacks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi dubbed Goods and Services Tax (GST) as “BJP’s Gabbar Singh Tax.”Addressing a public gathering in Gandhinagar on October before the Gujarat assembly election, Rahul Gandhi slammed the BJP-led government for a “faulty tax regime that is destroying small businessmen and industries in the country”.Rahul Gandhi even tweeted the next day saying, “Congress GST = Genuine Simple Tax. Modi ji’s GST = Gabbar Singh Tax = yeh kamaai mujhe de de (give me the income).”2. The Rahul Gandhi – Janeu Dhari controversy It all started when Rahul Gandhi visited Somnath temple on December 29 and allegations started pouring in that the Congress leader is not ‘Hindu’. This claim was based on the allegation that Rahul Gandhi was registered as non-Hindu when he visited the temple. BJP was quick to react and slammed the Congress leader for lying about his faith.Congress then refuted the charge saying Rahul Gandhi is not only a Hindu but a “janeu dhari” (janeu dhari means the Hindus who wear the sacred thread that would reveal him as Brahmin). Congress also blamed BJP for deviating from the important issues.After the controversy broke out, Rahul Gandhi also came forward and said he and his family are “shiv-bhakts” and they don’t do “dalali” over religion and political gain.“My grandmother (Indira Gandhi) and my family are Shiv bhakts (devotees). But we keep such things private. We generally do not speak about them. Because, we think it is a very personal matter and we don’t need anyone else’s certificate about it… We don’t want to do ‘dalali’ over it. We do not want to use it for political purposes too.”However, BJP leader Sambit Patra could not let go of the controversy and took a poetic dig at Rahul Gandhi and said the Congress leader changes his faith according to his political gain.”Badaltey huye mausam ka badalta huya parwana hoon main. Gujarat mein janeudhari Hindu hoon toh UP-Bihar mein maulana hoon main. (With the changing weather I change myself. In Gujarat I am a Hindu and in UP-Bihar I am a Muslim),” Patra said while addressing a conference on December 6.3. PM Modi’s “Aurangzeb Raj” jibe at CongressAfter Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination papers for the post of Congress president, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took direct jibe at Congress over dynasty politics. Addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Valsad, PM Modi said, “I congratulate the Congress on their ‘Aurangzeb Raj’.”“For us, the well-being and betterment of people matters because we consider 125 crore Indians as our high command,” PM Modi added.The BJP attacked Congress over dynastic politics, contrasting it with their party, saying people from all kinds of backward get an opportunity to rise to the top like Narendra Modi, who sold tea in Gujarat is now the prime minister.;4. Mani Shankar Aiyar’s ‘neech’ remarkSenior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar created quite a storm when he referred Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “neech aadmi”. “This person is a ‘neech aadmi’ (low-minded). He is not civilised and in a situation like this, there is no need to practise such dirty politics,” Aiyar said.The “neech” remark was not received well by both BJP and Congress and created massive controversy just before the polling. BJP attacked the Congress party for disrespecting the prime minister and said the “people of Gujarat will punish anti-poor, anti-Dalit, anti-Tribal and anti-OBC Congress”.Responding to Mani Shankar Aiyar’s neech comment, PM Modi said,”Shriman Mani Shankar Aiyar said that Modi is of ‘neech’ (lower) caste and is ‘neech’ (vile). Is this not an insult to Gujarat? This is a Mughal mentality where if such a person (who comes from a humble background) wears good clothes in a village, they have a problem.”In a damage control move, the Congress then suspended Mani Shankar Aiyar from the party and issued him a show cause notice.Rahul Gandhi also tweeted: “BJP and PM routinely use filthy language to attack the Congress party. The Congress has a different culture and heritage. I do not appreciate the tone and language used by Mr Mani Shankar Aiyer to address the PM. Both the Congress and I expect him to apologise for what he said.”5. With love from CongressAfter the neech remark by Mani Shankar Aiyar snowballed, Rahul Gandhi while addressing a rally took a subtle dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he will defeat the BJP with love not anger.”Modi ji, Gujarat mein hum aapko pyaar se, bina gusse ke haraane jaa rahe hain (PM Modi, this time in Gujarat we will defeat you with love, with no anger, we will defeat you),” Gandhi said at a rally. “Modi ji keeps using bad words against me in his speeches, even today he did so. Rahul Gandhi respects the post of PM. No matter what PM says about me, but I won’t utter even a single bad word about the PM,” the newly appointed Congress president added.6. PM Modi’s Pakistan-Ahmed Patel rowIn perhaps the most significant statement of the entire polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged that Pakistan was meddling in the Gujarat assembly election and sought answers from top leaders of Congress who are said to have held secret meetings with Pakistan officials.“Why did you hold a closed-door meeting just before Gujarat polls? If it was so important, why did not you invite Indian officials also to attend it. Or reported it back to the Government of India. You must explain it,” PM Modi said while addressing a rally.The prime minister alleged that former PM Manmohan Singh and other Congress minister held secret meetings with Pakistan’s High Commissioner and Foreign Minister at party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house just before the elections. The prime minister also raised questions over the alleged appeal by former director general of the Pakistan army, Sardar Arshad Rafiq, to appoint senior Congress leader Ahmed patel as the chief minister of Gujarat.”(On one side) Pakistan Army’s former DG is interfering in Gujarat’s election, on the other side, Pakistan’s people are holding a meeting at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house,” PM Modi said. The Congress also slammed PM Modi for making ‘false accusations’. Rahul Gandhi said that the statement made by Modi about a former prime minister and other Congress ministers meeting Pakistan officials in “unacceptable”.

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Election is about future of Gujarat, why is PM Modi talking about Congress: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he mostly talked about the Congress in his speeches as he had no plans for poll-bound Gujarat’s future.Gandhi also promised a “golden future” for the people of Gujarat, and said if the Congress forms government in the western state, it will not take decisions like the (GST) “Gabbar Singh Tax” and demonetisation. Modi has been strongly criticising the Congress and its policies while on campaign trail in his home state, where the first phase of polling will take place on Saturday.”Yesterday, I saw (Prime Minister Narendra) Modiji’s (election rally) speech. From what I saw, Modiji talked about Congress party and me for 60 per cent of the speech…that Congress party is this, Congress party is that,” Gandhi told an election rally at Anjar in Kutch district. He said the Assembly election was neither about the BJP nor Congress, neither was it about Narendra Modi or him.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Congress visited calamity-hit areas a week later: PM Narendra Modi”This election is about just one thing, and that is the future of the people of Gujarat. And in his entire speech, Modiji did not talk about your future, as to what the BJP wants to do for you in future,” he told the gathering. Gandhi, who is set to take over the reins of the grand old party, out of power in the state for 22 years, over the next few days, said the prime minister was not talking about his party’s future vision for Gujarat because the reality of “Modi model” of development was far removed from what existed on the ground.”You (people of Gujarat) told me things that are different from what was told by the BJP. This is why Narendra Modiji only talks about the Congress party for 60 per cent of his speech,” Gandhi said.Gandhi promised a “golden future” for the people of Gujarat if Congress came to power in the state. “We can give you a golden future. We will form government in Gujarat and take decisions only after listening to you. The Congress chief minister will not take decisions without listening to you, without understanding you. We will not take decisions like (GST) Gabbar Singh Tax and note ban,” he said.He said the Congress’ manifesto released yesterday contained the “voice of the people of Gujarat”.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Congress releases manifesto five days ahead of polls”We framed a manifesto. And this is not the manifesto of the Congress party. It contains the voice of the people of Gujarat. We went to all sections of society and asked what we can do for you before framing the manifesto,” he said. Targeting the prime minister over granting land to Tata Motors for its Nano car project, Gandhi said, while Modi’s “industrial friends” got electricity, land and Narmada water at “throwaway” price, farmers were being deprived of these necessary inputs.He said that while Modi talked about corruption in his speeches, he remained silent over (BJP chief Amit Shah’s son) Jay Shah’s “corruption” and Rafale fighter jet deal.”Truth cannot remain hidden. Rafale and Jay Shah matters are just the beginning. There are many more bigger questions that will come up before the people of the country and Gujarat,” the Congress leader said.Gandhi was scheduled to hold four rallies in Gujarat today. However, except for the one in Anjar, the rest in in Morbi, Dhrangadhra and Surendranagar were cancelled due to the impending landfall of cyclone Ockhi.
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Gujarat Elections 2017: ‘Jay Shree Ram’ echoes at CM’s roadshow in Naroda

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani who kick started his road show from Naroda on Monday morning received a cold response. Roadshows, which attract a lot of local residents, here only had few locals and was crowded by local BJP workers. As soon as the CM boarded an open jeep, decked up with flowers, he was greeted with a ’tilak’ and a garland.In the entire vicinity, songs repeating ‘Jay Shree Ram’ were playing. A slogan turned into a song ‘Bharat Mein Rehna Hoga, Vande Mantaram Kehna Hoga’ and ‘Saat Din Ka Khel hai, Mard Ho Toh Saaamne Aao’ were being played constantly.As his roadshow approached, the CM removed his turban to wear a new turban by local BJP workers. Yet again, in the background, ‘Bhajapa Sharanam Gacchami, Modi Kamalam Gacchami’ was being played.Class 5 students Mansi Shekhawat and Nandini Chauhan of Kishor school became very happy when the CM waved his hand to them. When asked who is Vijay Rupani, the girls said, “Rupani is Modi’s best friend.”A retired government servant Mohan Gupta said, “The proposal to widen this road and clear traffic has been pending since a long time. This is a good way to showcase the narrowness of the lane. During Modi’s roadshow here, there was no place to stand but today, only BJP workers were seen.”Advocate Prakash Patel who also has his office in the same lane said, “Post GST, my earning has come down to single digit. The Vikas has only happened to the rich, not people like us. There is 18% GST on plastic, said Hiralal who sells plastic items on a cart. His cart was not allowed on the road due to CM’s roadshow.At Danilimda, MP Kirit Solanki and Suresh Pasi from Amethi received the CM from the roadshow and the CM boarded another open jeep.Groom leaves wedding to greet the CMIn a surprise to the CM, a groom Nikunj Setu, left his wedding and was seen rushing to the CM’s jeep. As soon as the CM saw him, he attended him and both exchanged garlands of flowers. He said, “The CM congratulated me for my wedding.”‘CURFEW MUKT GUJARAT DUE TO BJP’Interestingly, joining the CM at Danilimda were a group of Muslims. Mustufabhai Bidiwala, ex-president, BJP Laghumati Morcha, said, “We want BJP as during BJP’s reign, women in our community feel safe.” Mohammad Farooq Qureshi, another member said, “Check at Ahmedabad RTO. More than 75% people driving an auto-rickshaw are Muslims. So BJP has generated employment by creating a safer environment. Modi has ensured a curfew mukt Gujarat hence we want BJP to come.”
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Defence Ministry raises concern over charges for military traffic, Railways clarifies

The railway ministry has issued a letter to its zonal offices clarifying the charges levied by the transporter after complaints from the Defence Ministry about discrepancies in rates for military traffic.In the letter dated November 27, the railway board said they had received communication from the defence authority about the lack of parity in charges across zones.”Reference has been received from the defence authority stating that different practises are being followed over zonal railways regarding charging in case of military traffic. The matter has been examined,” the letter read.In its letter, the Army had raised concerns regarding difference in rates across zones and charges being levied despite exemption for military traffic.The letter from the defence ministry said 20 per cent haulage surcharge was being levied on its traffic but the charge is applicable only on railway-owned wagons and not on the defence-owned ones.The railway clarified that the charge was not applicable on military-owned wagons according to the rules.It said charges related to loading, unloading, sorting and detention of rolling stock of military special trains will be similar to the charges applicable for public traffic.The railways made it clear that defence and military equipment are exempt from the GST after concerns were raised over the tax being levied on military traffic by certain zones.It said military traffic was not exempt from busy season charge and development surcharge, which the defence ministry said should not be levied.The railway board, however, said neither can the railways raise any debit nor can the defence authority expect a refund for transactions carried out in the past.
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Wish PM Modi found more dignified ways of seeking votes: Manmohan Singh

In a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his predecessor Manmohan Singh today said Modi failed to understand the “pains” of his note ban and GST decisions were going to unleash on the people of his own home state.Calling demonetisation an “uninformed, half-baked crusade” and GST a “badly designed and hastily implemented” measure, Singh also lamented the “low-level rhetoric” used by the ruling party.”I wish the prime minister would find more dignified ways of impressing upon the crowds and seeking their votes…,” he said.Also readModi govt can’t match UPA’s 10-year average growth rate: Manmohan Singh “Just as you were recovering from one blow (of demonetisation), came the GST. Nobody consulted you or tried to understand how your dhandha (business) works,” he told a gathering of members of the local business community here.”The prime minister is from Gujarat, and he claims to understand Gujarat and the poor more than anyone else. How is it that he never understood the pains his decisions will unleash on you?” Singh asked.Also readManmohan Singh criticising demonetization to show allegiance to the family: Dharmendra Pradhan”Your business works on trust and relationships. Without trust in each other, Surat will collapse. You extended this trust to the prime minister and his promise of ‘acchhe din’ (good days). The hope symbolised in those dreams now lies shattered,” he said.In Surat alone, 89,000 powerlooms were sold as scrap and it led to a loss of 31,000 jobs, Singh said. “There are countless such examples from industrial clusters and big mandis (markets) from across the country.”Also read’Don’t want pity’: Manmohan Singh refuses to ‘compete’ with PM Modi over humble backgroundChina benefited from this situation, he claimed.”In FY 2016-17, India’s imports from China stood at Rs 1.96 lakh crore. During the same period in FY 2017-18, the imports from China increased to Rs 2.41 lakh crore. This unprecedented increase in imports by more than Rs 45,000 crore, a 23 per cent increase in a year, can be attributed largely to demonetisation and GST.”These twin blows damaged India’s MSME sector and our businesses had to turn to Chinese imports at the cost of India jobs,” the senior Congress leader said.On demonetisation, Singh said, “This is an uninformed, half-baked crusade on black money where he (Modi) painted everyone as a thief, while real culprits have gotten away.”The Goods and Services Tax was “badly designed and hastily implemented”, the economist-turned-politician said.Maintaining that demonetisation was not the solution to the problem of black money and tax evasion, Singh said the costs of demonetisation substantially exceeded its benefits, and the decision “proved to be mere bluster to reap political dividends while the real offenders have escaped”.Demonetisation and GST have also “sown a deep-rooted fear of tax terrorism among the business community”, he said.”At a time when the economy has slowed down considerably, despite favourable global macro-economic conditions, the fear of tax terrorism has eroded the confidence of the businesses to invest,” he said.”This attitude of suspecting everyone to be a thief or anti-national, the low-level rhetoric is damaging the democratic discourse and has real consequences for how we relate to one another as citizens. Political leaders must stick to the high road,” he said.Singh said on every social indicator, from infant and maternal mortality rates to female literacy, Gujarat has fallen behind the best performing states, including Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu,.He said the recent agitations by the youth cutting across different sections of the society was an indication of the deep dissatisfaction with the performance of successive BJP governments.The former prime minister said a Congress government in the state will hear the voice of every Gujarati regardless of caste, creed, gender or class.Later, talking to reporters, Singh strongly denied Modi’s allegation that the Congress and Congress-led governments hated Gujaratis.”Nothing can be farther from the truth. I realise that many things are said in election times. But when they are gross distortions, they need to be rebutted,” he said, adding that Jawaharlal Nehru, the country’s first prime minister, and the “most famous Gujarati” Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel worked hand-in-hand, and “nothing is gained, as is often attempted by Modi, by pitting the two great leaders apart.”Modi was “denigrating the country” when claiming that Congress party did nothing in 70 years, the former PM said.”I wish the prime minister would find more dignified ways of impressing upon the crowds and seeking their votes without resorting to statements which denigrate our country,” he said.”…While denigrating the past, the prime minister also tends to exaggerate what he will do in future. He was recently quoted in the press as saying that India will become a developed country by 2022,” Singh said, adding that to achieve that, India needed to grow at the rate of 35 per cent per year.The government should get out of the “culture of constant self-praise”, Singh said.”In the ten years of UPA-I and II, when I was the prime minister, we produced 7.8 per cent GDP growth on average. This includes the slow-down in the last two years of our government. When the present government took over, they said they would take growth to 8 to 10 per cent. Modi so far has produced an average of only 7.3 per cent in the first three years,” he said.
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Gujarat Elections 2017: Congress, BJP prefer social media campaign over hi-tech methods

Remember that 3D avatar of Narendra Modi that had become popular during last Assembly polls or Gujarati actress Tulika campaigning for Congress? Both the parties had run the hi-tech campaign through different mediums in the last polls but are staying away from the same this time.Gujarat BJP’s campaign committee chairman Kaushik Patel said, “We are not using the hi-tech campaign this time. The simple difference is that Narendra Modi was the CM then and would stay in Gujarat to spearhead the hi-tech campaign. This time, he is in Delhi and is frequently visiting Gujarat for rallies. We have been going through conventional ways of campaign and of course, social media is always there.”Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said, “We have limitation of funds and could not afford hi-tech campaign like BJP. We had mobilised youths for campaign through conventional manner six months back. Those who were funding us have decreased the donations due to impact of GST and demonetisation.”Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too is frequently visiting Gujarat and meeting scores of people, which has substituted the hi-tech campaign.A senior BJP leader, who has been involved in the process of ideation of campaign in Gujarat BJP said on condition of anonymity, “The more the sugar, the sweeter the dish. If you have more money to spend, you can make your campaign more attractive.”He added, “The party does not have that much fund to spend on hi-tech campaign this time, may be because of the impact of demonetisation or GST. Social media is cheaper and equally impactful.”Kaushik Patel of BJP however added, “Me and four other candidates have adopted hi tech campaign. I am contesting from Naranpura constitutency and a 3D campaign would begin here soon. But it would be from my personal expanses.”Poll FlashbackBJP had prepared a 3D Rath for 2012 Assembly and 2014 LS polls. Modi would remain near Gandhinagar but voters would be able to see his 3D avatar with the help of ‘hologram effect’ and feel as if he is talking to them. Congress had pitched Gujarati actress Tulika who was seen in its campaign through projection technology.
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Gujarat elections 2017 | Have ‘achhe din’ arrived, Rahul Gandhi asks Saurashtra

After demonetization and GST, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi attacked prime minister Narendra Modi over his achhe din promise, saying they had arrived only for a select few while most people continued to grapple with problems.”Have achhe din arrived? Did Gabbar Singh Tax bring achhe din? Did you queue up during notes ban and saw thieves converting black money into white? At least some people’s achhe din have come,” Gandhi said addressing a gathering at Lathi in the Patidar dominated Amreli district on Thursday.In an attempt to reach out to farmers, the Congress leader raised the issue of their land being taken away, and they not getting the right MSP for their produce.”The Modi government waived off loans of Rs1.30 lakh crore of five biggest industrialists last year, but there was no waiver for farmers. Modi ji is talking about farmers for 22 years, but has not given any benefit to them,” he said, promising that the Congress would start the process to waive farmer loans within ten days of forming the government.He also recalled that the UPA government had waived off loans worth Rs70,000 crore of farmers across the country. Later, at an event in Botad, he said that its the first time in a state that so many communities, be it Patidars, OBCs, Dalits or tribals, were agitating.”Only a few people in the state are not agitating,” he said. Gandhi also raised the issue of Rs33,000 crore favours granted to Tata Motors for Nano plant in Sanand, saying the money was almost equivalent to what the UPA government provided in a year for MGNREGA.”If the same Rs33,000 crore was invested in colleges or hospitals, you would not be required to spend lakhs of rupees for admission or for treatment,” he said. He also accused the Modi government of snatching farmers’ land and giving it away to industries. “Modi ji took away 6.5 lakh acre land of Gujarat’s farmers and gifted it to his friends,” he charged.Congress challenges BJP-ruled gujaratContinuing to target GST as Gabbar Singh Tax, the Congress scion alleged that it had destroyed small traders and industries. He alleged that corruption is rampant in Gujarat, saying no work happens without paying money.. He also came down heavily on the PM for his note-ban decisions saying it had resulted in the whole country queuing up at banks.
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Yashwant Sinha’s ‘celebration’ tweet on GDP numbers targets Modi govt

Former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Thursday refused to second the Centre’s joy over the improved the GDP estimates in the second quarter.Data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) on Thursday showed India’s GDP growth recovering to 6.3 per cent in the second quarter from a three-year low of 5.7 percent in first quarter.Sinha, who in the past has also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) economic policies, took to Twitter to train his guns at the government.Also readIndian economy back on track, GDP expands 6.3% in July-Sep quarter: Who said what“Agri production has declined sharply, manufacturing has fallen, construction is down yet wait to see how we go gaga over this figure of growth,” Sinha tweeted.He further said India’s GDP needs to grow at 8 per cent to 10 per cent to create jobs for the youth.Also readAhead of Gujarat polls, GDP brings cheers for PM Narendra Modi, grows at 6.3% in Q2“India must grow at 8% to 10% to create the jobs we need for our youth. But let us celebrate 6.3% as a great achievement of our government. All our problems now stand resolved,” he said sarcastically in the second tweet.Sinha’s scathing attack on the government came after Union Finance Minster Arun Jaitley hoped that the GDP will further improve in the coming quarters.“Demonetisation and GST’s (Goods and Services Tax) impact is behind us. The economy now seems to have weathered the transitional challenges experienced earlier in the year and hopefully in coming quarters, we can look for an upwards trajectory,” Jaitley said.He further added that ‘encouragingly, the rate of growth of gross fixed capital formation has also increased from 1.6 per cent in the first quarter to 4.7 percent in the second quarter. Real private consumption growth has broadly held steady at 6.5 percent”.Finance Secretary Hasmukh Adhia also said the GDP number may go up when it is finally revised.Sinha’s sour relations with his party led Union Government are not new.On September 28, Sinha described the implementation of the GST from July 1 as the second major blow to the Indian economy after demonetisation.
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Indian economy back on track, GDP expands 6.3% in July-Sep quarter: Who said what

Bouncing back from a three-year low, Indian economy has reversed a five-quarter slide in GDP growth to expand by 6.3 % in July-September quarter. According to data from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the GDP for Q2 stood at Rs 31.66 lakh crore, registering a growth of 6.3%, up from 5.7% reported during the first quarter of 2017-18. Chief Statistician T C A Anant hinted that the GDP numbers could be revised upwards as businesses uncertain of the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime may have accounted for lesser taxes. While the government was upbeat with the positive growth which came just ahead of the Gujarat Assembly polls, Opposition leaders said this was too early to arrive at a conclusion and government should wait longer to beat its chest. Here is how people across the country have reacted to the GDP numbers: Also readImpact of demonetization and GST behind us: Arun Jaitley on Q2 GDP figuresArun Jaitley, Union Finance MinisterGovernment’s reforms to push economic growth are working can be seen from that manufacturing has shown robust growth of 7% in Q2 and services at 7.1%. Gross fixed capital formation has increased from 1.6% in Q1 to 4.7% in Q2.Also readAhead of Gujarat polls, GDP brings cheers for PM Narendra Modi, grows at 6.3% in Q2Amit Shah, BJP PresidentToday’s GDP numbers reiterate the #IndiaUnstoppable story under PM Narendra Modi. The strong rebound in growth is a reflection of solid economic management by the Modi Government. The reforms by Modi Govt is leading to faster growth as well as creating a strong and stable economy with increased formalisation and increased opportunities for the poor and middle class.Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for RailwaysTransformational reforms under PM Narendra Modi ji bearing fruit through faster growth and prosperity for all. Quarterly GDP growth accelerates to 6.3% vs 5.7% in the previous quarter.P Chidambaram, Congress leader and former Union MinisterHappy that the July-Sep quarter has registered a growth rate of 6.3%. This a PAUSE in the declining trend of the last five quarters. But we cannot say now whether this will mark an upward trend in the growth rate. We should wait for the growth rates over the next 3-4 quarters before we can reach a definite conclusion. 6.3% is far below the PROMISE of the Modi government and far below the POTENTIAL of a well-managed Indian economy.Randeep S Surjewala, Congress spokespersonImprovement of GDP numbers is an encouraging sign, but it is just a ‘Temporary Pause’ from the ‘Downward Trend’. India’s Economic Stress continues; #GDP far below at 6.3% compared to 7.5% of Q2 of last year! -A close scrutiny reveals the Real Picture. No amount of ‘Spinning’,‘Sugar Coating’ and ‘Bloating on figures; will alter the Ground Reality that has hit us hard! Agriculture Sector Growth is Abysmal & Core Sector Growth is Stagnant & Manufacturing Down – What is the Modi Government celebrating.Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal CMGDP figures out. Again no growth. No jobs.Effects of note ban scam & unplanned GST continue to damage economy. Only talking. No performance. Last year Q2 GDP growth was 7.5% and this year it is 6.3%. This Govt only bhashan, no action.Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CIIThe rebound in GDP growth to 6.3% is noteworthy and a great confidence booster. The revival of the #GDP growth print reinforces the perception that economy is on a robust recovery phase and the short-term disruptions caused by demonetisation and GST are behind us. CII believes that eco performance wd be better in the 2nd half as companies move to execute projects on the back of improved demand.
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Beyond ‘Vikas Gando Thayo Che’: How Congress came up with its successful Gujarat strategy

The zing seen in the Congress campaign in Gujarat is result of the spectre Congress faced during Ahmed Patel’s Rajya Sabha’s elections. The message was clear and simple that there is no option but to fight back. Ahmad Patel won but the bloody joust with the BJP kicked Congress into action.For the upcoming assembly elections, a ‘Task Force’ was constituted to identify potential. Two Congress members from states other than Gujarat were stationed in every assembly segment to give feedback on probable candidates. They reported to Rahul Gandhi’s office and most of them kept a low profile.Their recommendation was accepted and implemented. A separate team was made to identify disgruntled candidates and were asked to work upon them so that they don’t end up disrupting the campaign. Ashok Gehlot, Congress in-charge of Gujarat, deployed a separate team of Congress workers from Rajasthan in each assembly segment for a parallel feedback system. Sources said that the Congress also did micro-planning for 113 seats, something completely unheard in the past.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Rotate leaders the way you rotate crops, says Hardik PatelAs the dates of the elections closed in, the Congress worked on its weakest link. It identified booth level workers and booth level committees. The Congress ensured that a WhatsApp group was created for every booth in the state. Sources said that every candidate was also asked to maintain 200 to 300 WhatsApp group to ensure constant communication with the stakeholders.The Congress also decided to avoid sending big Muslim faces to minority-dominated districts and decided to organise press conferences regularly in cities like Surat, Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Vadodara. It was decided to deploy all senior leaders including Manmohan Singh for campaign but in a low-profile manner. It is for this reason that most of the leaders are taking regular flights in and out of the state. The chopper-based campaign for rest of the party was done away with.Also readGujarat elections 2017: Row over Rahul Gandhi’s name in non-Hindus’ listSources in the Congress said that the real problem for the party was that it was never considered an alternative against the BJP for past 20 years. “We had to simultaneously work on social media, election strategy and organisation to tap into silent anger against GST and demonetisation,” said a source.The trick was to challenge Narendra Modi without attacking him personally. “For this reason, we decided to use satire in social media. We felt that we will get more support as people will feel less intimidated in criticizing him,” a source said. For this reason, special teams were created for ‘Nukkad Dramas’ for quirky takes on the GST and demonetization. It is for this reason, ‘vikas’ gone crazy (Vikas Gando Thayo Che) campaign was launched which was well received in public. This decision was also visible in most of the speeches of Rahul Gandhi where he deployed satire rather than personal and up close attack on the Prime Minister.Also readGujarat elections 2017 | PM Modi a terrific actor: Rahul Gandhi in Patidar beltSocial media teams for quick reaction were created in Ahmedabad. All campaigns of Rahul Gandhi were pursued on social media first and then TV. Sources said that all speeches of Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat went live on social media. Most of the workers were told not to respond to highly emotive issues lest elections get polarised. “We told them that if BJP talks about Gai then you talk about Aai. If they talk about Devalaya then you talk about Vidyalaya,” a source working on the campaign said.Today, Congress stands at the crossroads. For the party, it is not about elections but about morale and survival as a credible alternative to BJP. If it fails to give a tough fight to BJP, it will continue to slide further in people’s imagination as an alternative. If it gives a good fight or even win, it will retain the right to remain in the ring.
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Gujarat Elections 2017: PM Modi is a terrific actor, Rahul Gandhi hits back

On a day when both of them were campaigning in Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi attacked PM Modi saying he was a ‘terrific actor’. He claimed that PM Modi only ‘cried a few days before elections’, and not for farmers or students.He was quoted saying by ANI: “He is a terrific actor. You will see he will shed tears a few days before election. He will cry for everything but not for farmers. He will also not cry when students have to shell out money for taking admission in college or people have to go to hospital.”He added: “Congress will win in December. We will waive loans of farmers within 10 days. If govt will function, it will be for farmers, small and medium businesses and you. We will ask what you want and will run the govt accordingly.”Earlier in the day, he had tweeted and said people were demanding answers. 22 salon ka hisaab, Gujarat mange jawaab (Gujarat demands answers for 22 years of BJP rule), he tweeted.Seeking to pin the government down on the issue of housing, Gandhi asked the prime minister whether it would take 45 more years to provide new houses to Gujaratis.Giving numbers to buttress his argument, he said, “First question to the prime minister on the state of affairs in Gujarat – In 2012, he promised to provide 50 lakh new houses, but provided 4.72 lakh in five years. Will the prime minister tell whether it will take another 45 years to fulfil the promise?The prime minister and the opposition leader are in Gujarat today to campaign for their parties ahead of the December 9 and 14 assembly poll.Gandhi will campaign in the state for two days and will start with a visit to the famous Somnath temple.He will also hold public meetings in at least three districts today and tomorrow, party leaders said.Continuing his high decibel campaign in poll-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attacked Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for calling GST ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ and said those who looted the country could only think of dacoits.Meanwhile, reacting to Gandhi’s criticism of GST, Modi said a recently emerged “economist” was propagating a “grand stupid thought” by suggesting that GST rate be capped at 18 per cent.Making a fresh bid for power in his home state, where the BJP has ruled for over two decades, Modi also listed various development works by the government on water conservation, agriculture and development of the Saurashtra region.Addressing a huge rally in Morbi town in the region, which goes to polls in the first phase on December 9, he accused the Congress of taking credit for minor schemes, like providing hand-pumps, while saying that the BJP rule brought in major works like the Narmada project.Making a strong appeal to the people to vote for the BJP in this Patidar community stronghold, Modi said his party should not be voted out for 100 years.”Today, some so called smart people, some new economists have emerged who are misleading people,” he declared in his speech in Gujarati.”Those who have looted people throughout their life, they can only remember dacoits,” Modi said in a reply to Gandhi’s ‘Gabbar Singh Tax’ jibe, recalling the iconic villain from the Bollywood blockbuster “Sholay”.He said Gandhi was propagating a ‘grand stupid thought’ in the name of GST, telling people that they will slash all tax rates and make it 18 per cent.This means 18 per cent tax on salt and 18 per cent tax on luxury cars costing Rs 5 crore, he noted.”What kind of smartness is this… how has such an economist emerged here. You want to make goods used by the poor like clothes, footwear and food costlier and you want to make cigarettes and liquor cheaper,” he said, ripping into the “anti poor” Congress over its criticism of the tax reform.The prime minister went on to say that making cigarettes cheaper means bringing cancer in every home and asked which rich businessmen the opposition leader sought to benefit by making liquor cheaper.He also brought up Rahul Gandhi’s grandmother, the late Indira Gandhi.Recalling the Macchu dam flood tragedy of 1979 in Morbi,the prime minister said he had spent one month working in the town after the disaster as an RSS and Jan Sangh worker.”I remember Indira Gandhi had come here and Chitralekha (a local language magazine) had printed her photo with a handkerchief over her nose, trying to avoid the stench, while another photo on the same front page had RSS workers carrying dead bodies,” he said.”Those who have helped us in times of difficulties should be remembered,” he added.Modi then went on to list how his government had worked to bring waters from the Narmada to the parched regions of Saurashtra and Kutch.”The Congress’ development model was giving hand-pumps. For the BJP it is the SAUNI scheme (the Narmada water project for Saurashtra region), where we will fill dams of Saurashtra through huge pipelines.”The culture of this parched land, Modi said, was to give respect to those who have tried to do something to provide water.”The BJP has done many things and it should not be thrown out of power in the state for the next 100 years,” Modi said.Rahul Gandhi is also in Gujarat today and tomorrow and is expected to address multiple rallies.Modi had on Monday pushed the BJP’s campaign in his home state into a high gear by addressing four back-to-back rallies.Elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly will be held in two phases on December 9 and 14. The votes will be counted on December With inputs from PTI
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Congress’ student wing to demand reduction in GST for educational institutes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nationalist Student Congress (NSC), student wing of the NCP, will soon submit a memorandum to the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley to reduce the GST on higher educations and its auxiliary services.Many higher educational institutions boast sprawling campuses, some of which host residential students as well. These institutions are likely to incur additional heavy expenditures on some of the services, like security, housekeeping, or catering, as these services will be charged 18% GST. In such a scenario, in all probability, these institutions will pass this tax burden on to the students, thus making higher education more expensive.The NSC students’ wing will be launching an agitation to demand a reduction in the steep GST on students’ hostel facilities including services, like security, housekeeping, or catering, which has made higher education more expensive.“The students are required to pay more for laundry, food in the hostel mess, medicines, stationery, and other services and products that they buy on the campus. ”All such services attract a levy of 18 per cent,” said Amol Matele, President of the Nationalist Student Congress (NSC), student wing of the NCP. “The NSC will soon submit a memorandum to the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley and if the centre fails to reduce the GST, we will be left with no alternative but to launch a state wide agitation” he further added.

Battle for Gujarat: Surat, India’s diamond capital, has accepted reforms but…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Surat is the heart of diamond industry in India. An industry which remained politically inert in the past suddenly woke up to new tax regime succeeded by demonetization exercise. Industry supports the reform goal but not the implementation process. Many say that Centre should have surveyed the diamond industry before making new rules for them.Unlike other industries, diamond sector is workers-led industry as skill set remains central to the manufacturing process.On an average, a worker can start from Rs 15,000 and end up making Rs 5 lakh a month, all depending upon skill set he possesses. It is this skill set which revolted against demonetization.Most of the workers preferred cash. It meant less taxes and no compliance. Owners were left baffled and sore. Many workers changed their master leading to closures. Those who could manage the cash retained the best and those who couldn’t had to stop work on the floor.An industry where workers choose the owners, demonetization tested the resolve of the owners to keep the talent in their nest.“For the first-time owner worker conflict erupted in our industry. It was unprecedented. We had to run from pillar to post to manage the business,” said Dinesh Navadiya, known diamond merchant.The workers had to be convinced of the benefits of the measure Prime Minister had undertaken. The mindset changed very slowly. Most of the workers come from rural areas with no personal history of banking.It also meant they had no knowledge of paper work required for opening a bank account. With money going through the banking system and papers in place they became eligible for loans. Many applied for Awas Yojans schemes too. It eventually benefited them.But heart burn remains. Many owners privately admit that the government banks did a bad job during demonetization.“Private banks did a better job. Infrastructure should have been in place for demonetization,” said Dinesh Navadiya.Surat’s diamond industry is the processing centre of the precious stones in India. It imports 100 per cent of the raw material and imports 94 per cent of it. Only 6 per cent of the polished diamonds are sold domestically. It also do not enjoy a high profit margin. At maximum owners enjoy profit margins between 1 to 2 per cent.The pinch increased after the GST rollout. Unlike demonetization whose effect was temporary, the GST changed the way industry operated. It understood its benefits but was appalled at its implementation. It was this shock which provided muscle to the Congress in South Gujarat.Textile sector was even hit harder. Demonetization had decreased their sales in the rural areas shrinking both production and consumption leading to job less in small and medium scale industry. It was this combined resentment which streets witnessed in succeeding months.Diamond industry escaped the full wrath of the GST as it was only manufacturing locally and exporting abroad whereas Textile Industry was not only manufacturing locally but also traded the rural areas where economy entirely depended on the cash.Even then there are major irritants. Industry wants B2B (Business to Business) form to be done away with. It allows the government to impose interstate the GST when goods are moved from one state to another independent of whether they are being sold or not. Traders crib that it adds to the cost. They argue that two other biggest hubs of diamond manufacturing, Israel and Belgium do not have such limitations.Traders also want 3 per cent GST done away on local consumption. On an average 25 per cent of the material has to be moved locally for processing and polishing because every owner doesn’t possess all the high skill set workers.For example, if the import has a stock of 20 per cent of raw diamond which can only be shaped in oval and the owner has masters of squares and circle, the rest has to be processed in someone else’s unit.On this government decided to levy 3 per cent tax. Traders find it very unfair. With low percentage of profit, it adds to the cost.More than paper work adjustment, industry’s major battle is with the attitude. It is about compliance and taxation. Most of the owners are willing to give their share of Provident Fund and Employee Welfare Fund but the workers aren’t. Many say that it becomes difficult to impose such policies on workers as they tend to move away.Though no one denies that the GST has opened the gates for new export schemes, subsidies for machinery and better priced loans but attitudes are slow change.Implementation does remain a concern but they want the government to remember that it is small and medium industry which generates jobs for a big chunk of Indian population and their convenience must be kept in mind.Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a risk to implement the GST but no reforms are without risk. The results will show whether economic issues will remain on top or ‘Gujarati asmita’ appropriated by PM Modi. Jury is still out on it.

Centre mulls withdrawal of cap on traders storing sugar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Against the backdrop of recent cut in GST rates, the Centre is mulling to withdraw sugar stock limit imposed on traders from December 31. The move is aimed at providing further relief to the traders in the wake of falling sugar prices.Currently, traders cannot stock more than 500 tonnes of sugar in states other than West Bengal, where the limit is 1,000 tonnes. The government had imposed sugar stock limits for both mills and traders from July this year. Subsquently, the Centre has removed stock limit on sugar mills from November 1 while the traders have not been exempted yet.In view of the stock limit, traders are not coming forward to take stocks from the mills. Sugar industry made a representation to the Union ministry of food last week with a plea to immediately withdraw stock limit on traders. The Centre has estimated sugar production of 25 million tonnes for the current crushing season.The National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories managing director Prakash Naiknavre told DNA, “Sugar mills are ready to sell but traders are not willing to buy especially when the prices are declining.”“The sugar industry has pleaded for the removal of stock limit on traders. This is necessitated as the sugar prices have dipped to Rs 3,350 per quintal against Rs 3,600 per quintal a month ago,” he said.

Shoppers make a beeline as traders drop prices

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With two days to go before the India International Trade Fair (IITF) concludes on Tuesday, visitors are making hay as traders are selling their merchandise at reduced prices. While a lot of participants rue that the GST hit their profits this year, discounted prices have added to the joy of shoppers at the 37th IITF.From Korean blankets, marble figurines, Turkish carpets to goods made from camel leather, the IITF has products to offer for every budget. While Chhattisgarh is attracting buyers with its native Dhokra art, which uses brass as the main element to make sculptures; the artifacts in the form of animals, religious figures and lamps showcasing a beautiful marriage between tribal simplicity and finesse, are flying off the shelves. The artifacts have a nominal starting price of Rs 250.From brass door handles, decorative items for walls and home decor, the stall at Saras market is drawing buyers in hordes. The visitors are also buying mugs, slippers and lamps made from bamboo, being sold for anything between Rs 100 to Rs 500, depending on the intricacy of work done on the merchandise. Talking to DNA, Saryu Bansal, a visitor said,”Though on the last days, most of the top quality products are already off the shelves, I have been lucky to have found some great deals on home decor and clothes this year. One can get a good deal if one has the right bargaining skills.”Products made from camel leather, bearing art stamp and craft of Madhya Pradesh are also popular among the shoppers here. These are priced between Rs 50 to Rs 5000 and range from beautifully crafted figures of animal, settees in shape of tortoise etc costing Rs 1,200, small animals at Rs 150 to other decorative items at Rs 250. The shoppers are also enchanted with the wall clocks, photo frames, wall hangings, jewellery boxes, pen stands etc, made from traditional cone ceramic art.Businessmen, however, are unhappy with their sales this year at the IITF, citing the GST as the main reason. Reeling under losses for the second year in a row, they rue that it was demonetisation which impacted their business last year.Radhika Choudhary, an artist from Indore, who was selling cone art decor products at the IITF, claimed that her sale was reduced to half this year because people were not willing to pay the tax. The lesser number of visitors this year since India Trade Promotion Organisation put a cap of 60,000 on them, also took the sheen away from the IITF. The number of participants also came down to half, at around 3,000 this year as opposed to over 6,000 stalls in previous years.

Time for consolidation of reforms to deliver ‘desired fruits’: Niti Aayog Vice Chairman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar today said the time has come for consolidation of reforms, including GST, bankruptcy code and benami law, initiated by the Modi government in the last 42 months to ensure that the steps deliver the “desired fruits”. The new initiatives in the next 18 months, Kumar said, should focus on health and education sectors as these two are going to be critical for human resource development.”You know Modi government has done far too much in those 42 months, it has taken some very major steps. My view is that time has come for consolidation and making sure that these reform steps which have been taken yield the desired fruits,” he told PTI in an interview. The Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power in May 2014 and the next general elections are due in 2019. Reform measures such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) and the flagship schemes like Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) are very major initiatives, Kumar said.”We should now focus on their successful completion except in social sector where some steps need to be taken” on public health and public education system fronts. On criticism that the government has failed to create enough jobs, Kumar said there are a large number of areas which have seen substantial increase in employment opportunities, though they may not be in organised and formal sector. “The number of EPFO accounts have increased, the number of National Pension System (NPS) accounts have increased… (There is a) significant jump in the number of employees within the services sector, especially in tourism, civil aviation, transport and services sector.”Let me say that the lack of employment story, I think, is quite exaggerated,” Kumar said. When asked whether the Modi government would go populist in its last regular Budget to be presented in February next year, Kumar said the government would do what is right for the country and not with an eye on elections. “This government has never believed in any kind of populism, I don’t see any populism coming…I think Prime Minister Modi’s instructions are going to be very clear, let us do what is right for the country,” he asserted.On overall macroeconomic environment in the country, the Niti Aayog vice chairman said the rating upgrade by Moody’s was clear vindication of the fact that the macroeconomic environment in the country is improving, specially with regards to the investor sentiments. “The only slight concern is the continued weakness of the exports sector, which has not taking off as expected,” Kumar said, adding that the rise in current account deficit (CAD) up to 2.4 per cent in the first quarter of the current fiscal should not be a cause of worry because of strong foreign currency reserves.Asked why private investments are not picking up, he pointed out that most people use only the figure of credit offtake on public sector banks (PSBs) as the proxy for private sector investment. “But if you look at credit offtake on private sector banks, it has now risen quite well…Finally also number of initial public offers (IPOs) have been higher than previous year. So if you look at all things taken together, the picture is not at all bad,” Kumar observed.

Putting bounty on Deepika Padukone’s head is wrong, BJP’s Union Minister Babul Supriyo comes in defence of Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Babul Supriyo, who has seen a successful stint as playback singer in Bollywood before joining politics, has come out in defence for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s much-awaited magnum opus — Padmavati. Talking to WION’s Kartikeya Sharma, Supriyo voiced his concern over the violent protests against Deepika Padukone and why he feels that 2019 belongs to BJP. Here are the edited excerpts from the interview.Q: How do you look at the Padmavati controversy?A: Creative freedom exists in our country. The entire noise which exists around the film Padmavati is not desirable and lot of people have taken freedom of speech for granted. Whatever has happened is sad and shouldn’t have happened. Obviously, the CBFC is looking into the matter. The Information and Broadcasting ministry has made it very clear that matter should be left to the Censor Board. Controversies like these invites people to make comments out of turn. Only way to resolve the issue is through process and dialogue.Q: So, is it about creative freedom which artists enjoy?A: That is fair enough. I cannot give you an answer from an extreme point of view. Let’s take Padmavati aside for a moment. The debate on artistic freedom has been age-old worldwide. In France, a piece of art became controversial and it was removed. The debate about good cinema and bad cinema continues. Padmavati is a huge film. There are many people who want to see the film but there are some question marks on it too. People who have not seen the film are raising the questions. There are apprehensions and I feel dialogue is the way forward. We can celebrate the life of the queen without hurting the sentiments, which also needs to be looked into.Q: Deepika Padukone and other actors are being threatened?A: That’s not correct. Deepika is just an artist who portrayed the character. She did what she was told. Film is a director’s medium. Threats are deplorable and no one subscribes to it. Deepika Padukone is a beloved artist. The law of the land applies to everyone. There were lot of controversies around ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,’ that subsequently got resolved. I’m sure this too shall be resolved despite all the noise. It is going to find a good closure.Q: Do you think that in the word of internet, the bans work?A: I would say that let process take its course. Even if the CBFC doesn’t agree, filmmakers will still have tribunals to look into the issue. People have the liberty to approach other bodies. Artistic disagreements can happen with the CBFC and other bodies. I think it should be resolved peacefully. Music is about peace as it provides reprieve from the grind of daily life. I just hope that at the end, good for everyone shall prevail.Q: Should films be judged from the positions from community’s honour?A: The CBFC has to do the job. Life is not what is happening to you but how you react to it. Film is a huge process. Any good form of art it goes through its metamorphosis. I’m sure it will find its own way to reach people. As an artist, I pray for it and don’t want to take sides by adding fuel to the fire. For an example, with MF Hussain there were many controversies and I would see him at Lokhandwala but no one would attack him. We aren’t living a dream. People have their own apprehensions but I hope Padmavati reaches people in most beautiful manner. Cinema is about beauty.Q: Is the BJP well-placed in Gujarat?A: I’m certain that the BJP will surmount problems in Gujarat. Unless and until you move into a house you cannot decide what to do with it. The GST is only having teething problems which is being addressed properly and at regular intervals. GST is the biggest reform. The debate will continue. If you don’t bring larger section into the tax net it would not work in future for India. Modi has belled the cat and shown the courage to take reform agenda forward. Lot of praise should go to the Prime Minister Modi. We will win Gujarat. The debate only makes the follow up of the election very interesting.Q; How do you see Rahul Gandhi’s campaign. The economic policy of the Centre has become an issue.A: If Rahul Gandhi choses to take the side of the tax evaders, he will obviously find support. Lot of people wouldn’t like to pay taxes. But lot of people also pay taxes. Honest people pay taxes. They pay taxes for the country as poor needs to be subsidized. The government needs to meet those goals. Rahul has a lineage and people will listen to him. But he is confusing people. All state elections in past have shown that the mandate has been for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress by promising reservations to Patels is akin to fooling people as our senior leadership has pointed out.Q: Why couldn’t this be solved by the local BJP leadership?A: In a party, you cannot have six or seven Narendra Modi. He is the biggest leader and he will be at the centre stage. His move to centre from the state has not weakened the state unit. His vision is being implemented. You cannot have his replacement yet others are doing their job. He will be missed in key areas in the state but it doesn’t mean that job is not being done.Q: Why is the BJP importing leaders from other parties like Mukul Roy?A: Lot of people are getting convinced by our ideology. What is wrong in people joining us. People change with times and get attracted to other ideologies. Don’t people in corporates move. Don’t people want to do better in life. Coming to BJP is a promotion and I welcome them. When you are trying to do better in life then the better place to go is BJP. They are doing the right thing.Q: What were the hits and misses of BJP campaign in West Bengal?A: Trinamool Congress and the Left for a long period of time have practiced different kind of politics. In remote areas, they have done nothing. Votes were purchased. 100 rupees also make a difference in some areas. They have given cycles in the name of government schemes.Q: But BJP was not able to funnel its support into seats?A: BJP has not been traditionally present in West Bengal. It was Left and Congress and then TMC. We are taking steps. Mamta out of 30 minutes spends majority of time attacking BJP. We will do very well in 2019. We have the space in West Bengal.Q: Is BJP prepared for 2019 elections?A: There will be few hits and misses but in the end, we will come out stronger. Our party has done exceedingly well under the Prime Minister. The reform agenda will continue.

Shiv Sena minister wants CM to retender BDD redvpt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Alleging a potential Rs 900-crore loss to the state exchequer, Minister of State for Housing Ravindra Waikar has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to the cancel BDD Chawl redevelopment bidding process.Waikar has sought appointment of Project Management Consultant instead of a mere civil architect, given the size of the proect — BDD Chawl redevelopment, valued at thousands of crores of rupees, which will affect 16,000 residents from existing buildings on 86.98 acres.He has also pointed out that the technology sought to be used by the state government is at least 30 years old, and therefore, outdated.“Given that this is an ambitious project, to be implemented in central Mumbai, government must ensure proper compliance,” Waikar has written in his letter.BDD Chawl is one of the most sought after redevelopment projects in Mumbai, considering its size and prime location. Shiv Sena, who held sway in this constituency for decades, is keen to ensure its voters were taken good care of. It is in this light that Sena has been demanding redevelopment of the buildings that were built in the 1920s.Waikar has expressed his displeasure that he has been kept out of the discussion process over the project that has the potential to turn political fortunes of the party that gets the credit for execution.WAIKAR’S OBJECTIONSGovernment is allowing Rs 4,727 per sq ft towards construction cost, while the norms suggest only Rs 3,300 per sq ft.
Government will have to bear the Goods and Service Tax (GST) which will cost over Rs 443 crore.
Two per cent Labour Tax on GST will add a Rs 48 crore burden.
Tender terms and conditions have been designed in such a way that they will benefit only a handful of contractors.

PM Modi is Brahma, only he knows when Parliament will start: Congress leader in Lok Sabha M Kharge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Narendra Modi is “Brahma, the creator”, who controls everything and alone knows when the winter session will be convened, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said on Tuesday, targeting the prime minister over the delay in summoning Parliament.He alleged that democracy has suffered a “big jolt” under the Modi government.”I have talked to many ministers, the Speaker, Lok Sabha Secretary General, but no one knows the dates of Parliament session. Only one man knows and they call him Brahma, the creator. That’s why till Brahma orders, we won’t know the dates (of Parliament session),” Kharge told reporters.”Democracy has suffered a big jolt under the Modi government. We term it as Modi ‘Sarkar’, because BJP members and even ministers in the government do not know anything,” he said.Kharge alleged the government was not convening the winter session to avoid facing criticism over issues it was uncomfortable about.Targeting the prime minister, Kharge said he was working at his own “whims and fancies”.”We condemn them (the government) for doing this. For (the sake of) democracy, we should run Parliament,” he said.Kharge said the prime minister did not want a Parliament session ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections, as he feared the BJP will be “exposed”.He claimed the government did not want any discussion on issues like demonetisation, GST or corruption.

Modi govt has cast dark shadow on democracy by sabotaging Winter Session: Sonia Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday launched a scathing attack on Narendra Modi government over the delay in holding the winter session of the Parliament. “The Modi-government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds,” said Sonia Gandhi addressing the Congress working committee at her 10 Janpath residence.The Congress chief also said that the Prime Minister had the audacity to have a midnight celebration in Parliament to launch an ill prepared and flawed GST but today he lacks the courage to face Parliament.”A year later, demonetization has done nothing but rub salt on the wounds of distressed farmers, small traders, housewives, and daily workers. The Prime Minister continues with greater vigor, to make false promises, and to quote facts and figures that have nothing to do with the reality on the grounds,” she added.The CWC meeting took place to clear the decks for the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as party president.Here’s Sonia Gandhi’s full statement.I welcome you to this Congress Working Committee. We have before us an important agenda.Over the last 18 months, the election process that has concluded in all but six States has elected block presidents, an equal number of delegates, primary units and party members. This has provided an opportunity for the Party to interact with lakhs of workers across the country, starting from the booth level. This reaffirms that the party’s roots are spread across every district of the country and that no other political party can match the plurality and diversity of the Congress Party.The electoral process, which began in May 2016, has now come to its culmination. The schedule for the election of the Congress President will be read out by General Secretary.On behalf of the Party, I thank the Chairman, Shri Mullapalli Ramachandran, members of the Central Election Authority and other party workers for carrying out this huge exercise with utmost diligence, integrity, and impartiality.Friends,The Modi-government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds. The Government is mistaken if it thinks that by locking the temple of democracy, it will escape constitutional accountability ahead of the assembly elections. Parliament is the forum in which questions should be asked – questions about corruption in high places, conflict of interest of serving ministers and dubious defense deals. The government will be obliged to answer these questions, but in order to avoid the questions and answer ahead of Gujarat elections, the government has taken the extraordinary step of not holding a winter session when should be held.The Prime Minister had the audacity to have a midnight celebration in Parliament to launch an ill prepared and flawed GST but today he lacks the courage to face Parliament.Unemployment, rising inflation, falling exports and GST are causing tremendous suffering to millions of people. A year later, demonetization has done nothing but rub salt on the wounds of distressed farmers, small traders, housewives, and daily workers. The fortunes of a handful are being built by destroying the future of the poor and the oppressed. Yet the Prime Minister continues with greater vigor, to make announcements, false promises, and to quote facts and figures that have nothing to do with the reality on the grounds.The Modi government is also forcefully trying to change the history of modern India by systematically erasing the contributions made by Pandit Nehruji and Indira Gandhi – be it through rewriting school text books, through malicious misinformation and propaganda, or ignoring with disdain the importance of the birth centenary of Indiraji. This vilification is blatant and for all to see.Friends,Rahul and many of you colleagues here and in Gujarat are working hard for a positive result in that State. Let us do our best to prove that people are not fooled and that they will make the right decision and defeat the present dispensation there.

Gujarat Election 2017: BJP, Cong go all out to lure diamond industry in Amreli

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A large number of diamond polishing units in Amreli city and various parts of the industrially backward district wore a deserted look. Most of these units have been closed down, jobs of workers have been cut while few are adjusting to the new era of less cash transactions.The owners and workers at these factories view the Modi government’s demonetization, popularly known here as nota bandi (note ban) and the launch of GST responsible for making their life miserable. In the run-up to the Gujarat assembly election, they press for a change to stay afloat amid slowdown in the economy.Traditionally, those associated with the diamond polishing business have been supporting BJP in Gujarat but the party is now striving to keep its vote bank intact. On its part, Congress is going all out to lure the diamond polishing industry players with a promise to provide much needed relief in GST and streamline businesses post note ban.Lalit Thummar, president of Diamond Traders Federation, says Amreli district informs that it is a leading diamond polishing centre after Surat at the all India level. ‘’The business was entirely based on cash. However, demonetization and GST have crippled the business due to restrictions imposed thereafter, especially on transactions involving cash,’’ he said.Another trader Adarshbhai says,’’ We are sick of announcements by BJP. We want our business to survive.’’BJP’s Amreli district unit president Hirenbhai Hirpara says the government at the Centre and state are alive to the issues faced by the industry. However, Congress party’s former MP Virjibhai Thummar says there is tremendous anger against BJP and they see Congress as a credible alternative. ‘’I can see they want change and change for better. Congress will take them into confidence and do everything to change situation,’’ he adds.

Gujarat Election 2017: Much at stake in Gujarat poll battle; result will set tone for crucial states’ polls next year

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the next month or so, all eyes will be on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat, where both the ruling BJP and the Opposition Congress face their biggest test in the mother of all battles. The election result will have repercussions far beyond the borders of the prosperous western state. It’s a battle of prestige for the BJP that has ruled Gujarat for the past 22 years. For the Congress, which has faced defeat in poll after poll in the state since 1995, a strong performance could set the tone for crucial state polls next year and, ultimately, for the 2019 general elections.Emboldened by a string of state victories and Modi’s soaring popularity, the BJP has set an ambitious target to win more than 150 seats out of the total 182. Most watchers say the party will retain power in its citadel on December 18 when votes are counted. But this may not be easy. It’s not just anti-incumbency that the party is battling. Gujarat is where Modi honed his skills as a politician and administrator. He first came to power in Gujarat in 2001, and swept elections in 2002, 2007 and 2012. He inspired euphoric support for Gujarat’s high growth and his own personality. He still does. But his rise to the country’s top job in 2014 has also meant his absence from Gujarat’s politics.Banking on ModiModi was succeeded by Anandiben Patel when he became Prime Minister. Vijay Rupani took over as Chief Minister after Anandiben’s abrupt resignation in August last year. The BJP, however, believes he is more than just making up for the loss by making multiple trips to the state, announcing and inaugurating public projects, and launching scathing attacks on the Congress. The BJP will unleash Modi’s 30-odd rallies in the state that will see two-phase polling on December 9 and 14.Another worry for the BJP is unrest in various communities. Patidars have been the BJP’s strongest supporter over the decades. They have been vociferously pressing for reservation in education and government jobs. Many feel the BJP government has been unjust in denying them quota benefits. Sections of Dalits are also disenchanted. The Karadiya Rajputs are unhappy, too. In 2007 and 2012, the Congress did not have a strong state leader to take on Modi. It still does not have one. But the troika of caste leaders — Hardik Patel (Patidar), Alpesh Thakore (OBC Kshatriya) and Jignesh Mevani (Dalit) — is a cause for concern for the BJP.The challengesThe BJP has called more than 200 backward caste and Dalit leaders from across states to boost its campaign. They have been asked to fan out to their respective communities and explain how Hardik, Alpesh and Jignesh are diametrically opposite to each other in terms of their castes but have come to the Congress fold for personal gains. “The public now understands how the limit of reservation cannot be increased and how the provision of 10 per cent reservation for EBCs (economically backward communities) was stopped by Congress,” said BJP Gujarat spokesperson Bharat Pandya.Demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), dubbed by the Modi government as accomplishments, has been dismissed by the Opposition as twin blows on the economy. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who has spent over 15 days in Gujarat in the past two months, has launched blistering attacks on Modi on both issues, putting the ruling party on the defensive, and forcing the Central government to lowering GST rates on various goods.Moody’s Investors Service upgraded India’s rating for the first time in 13 years on Friday, saying the country was poised for rapid growth, thanks to wide-ranging economic reforms by the Modi government. It came weeks after the World Bank moved India up 30 places in its annual ease of doing business rankings. The endorsements might have come too late for the Opposition’s campaign to be substantially dented, but the BJP will try to change the narrative.The BJP is also raking up the issue of differences between Congress leaders. BJP chief Amit Shah has been asking the Opposition party to name its CM candidate. Gujarat Congress leaders, however, say it is a diversionary tactic. “BJP has been in power in Gujarat for 22 years, but it still blames Congress governments of the past for the state’s problems. BJP continues to play victim because it has failed to deliver, and has nothing to show,” Senior Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said. He also said that while Rahul criticised the BJP over issues such as demonetisation, GST, farmers’ problems and rising unemployment, the ruling party has responded by targeting his temple visits. Chief Minister Rupani clarified that the BJP has no problems with anyone visiting temples, but “the visits should not be just before the elections”. A rejuvenated Congress, however, sounds confident. “In the past many elections, a divided Congress made the BJP’s task easier, but our leaders are working together, and we have a good chance this time around,” said a party insider.Poll war on social mediaReflecting the significance social media has come to play in our daily lives, the Gujarat poll battle is being fought as much in the virtual world as on the ground. Both parties have already launched several social media campaigns to impress voters. The Opposition took the first strike at the BJP with the Vikas Gando Thayo Chhe (Development has gone crazy) campaign, which caught the imagination of many and inspired several memes and spoofs. Unfazed, the ruling party responded with the Hu Chhu Vikas, Hu Chhu Gujarat (I am development, I am Gujarat) campaign, reiterating that it would contest the polls on issue of development.When the BJP hit back with the Pappuone Pachtu Nathi (Pappus cannot digest this) campaign, taking a direct dig at Rahul, the Congress responded with the Gabbar Singh No Traas Chhe (There is Gabbar Singh’s terror) series, incidentally taking a cue from Gandhi’s description of GST as Gabbar Singh Tax. “Social media is all good. But our real strength is our network of vistaraks who will win each of the 50,000 booths in the state. This battle will have a strong bearing on Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh where elections will be held before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections that we’re going to win,” said a BJP strategist in Delhi.

Elated BJP hails Moody’s upgrade

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Elated at Moody’s upgradation of India’s sovereign credit rating, party president Amit Shah attributed it to “PM Modi’s policy of reforms and their effective implementation”. “The fact that the rating has been upgraded after 13 years shows how the Sonia Gandhi-Manmohan Singh government had destroyed the economic structure of the country,” Shah said.Reminding that recently India had improved 30 places in the World Bank’s ease of doing business ranking, Shah said, “PM Modi has laid the foundation of a new India in the past three-and-a-half years,” said Shah, adding, “During the Congress regime, the country witnessed being categorised among the Fragile-5 whose economies were in problems, but they were also a danger for the global economy.”Claiming that government during Congress rule was afflicted by “policy paralysis”, Shah said all economic parameters had seen an upward swing under the Modi government. “Consumer inflation is progressively decreasing, the fiscal deficit is down from 5.9 per cent of the GDP to only 3.5 per cent, FDI inflow has shown record increase while the government is consistently moving towards fiscal consolidation.”Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley termed the upgrading as ‘belated recognition’ of reforms undertaken, saying that the reform agenda would continue with emphasis on higher spending on infrastructure and in rural areas. He said the government “intends to stay the course on fiscal consolidation in the medium term” .”We welcome (the upgrade) and believe that it is a belated recognition of all the positive steps taken in India in the last few years which have contributed to the strengthening of the Indian economy,” the FM said. “It is extremely encouraging that there is an international recognition (of reforms) and the fact that this recognition merely furthers our determination to follow the track we have embarked upon. The upgrade has not happened in isolation and for the last three years the India has been the fastest growing major economy,” he added.Jaitley said the upgrade recognised the major economic and institutional reforms undertaken by the government as he listed some such as GST, sound monetary policy framework, recapitalisation of public sector banks, demonetisation and use of Aadhaar to bring formalisation and digitalisation in the economy.Meanwhile, Railway and Coal minister Piyush Goyal congratulated the FM, PM and the people of the country over the upgrade on behalf of the party.”Our dharma is to stay on path of good governance and effective delivery to people of India. Endorsements, rating upgrade, certification, surveys, election results are incidental. We are working for people of India and people have endorsed us,” Goyal said. He said the number of BJP-supported government went up from six in 2014, to 18. “By next month they will be 19 and we are fast transitioning to a corruption-free and, therefore, a Congress-free India.”Reforms outcomeJaitley said the upgrade recognised the major economic and institutional reforms undertaken by the government as he listed some such as GST, and recapitalisation of public sector banks.

Mumbai: BMC corporators raise objections on delay of funds

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Corporators from all parties on Wednesday raised an objection on the defunct System Application Product (SAP) of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) which is delaying the developmental work of the city. Mangesh Satamkar Standing Committee member and Shiv Sena corporator put forth the point of order in the standing committee and demanded six more months extension for spending the yearly funds given to the corporators.BMC corporators get Rs.60 lakh as corporator fund, another one crore rupees is sanctioned as budgetary funds and if the corporators is a member of some committees like a standing committee, improvements committee, etc he gets more Rs. 25 lakh and also some money they get from Mayors fund which brings the total to Rs.2 to 3 crores received by each corporator yearly. They are supposed to utilise the sanctioned money between the financial year April to March or otherwise, the budget will lapse.Satamkar said, “This time the budget is given to corporators in July month, as the allocation of budget delayed it will eventually further delay the expenditure. Also, the tenders are not being accepted by the SAP process, therefore, all developmental work has delayed. “He further remarked, “Being a public representative voters will question us regarding what work we have done? and due to defunct SAP process, the work cannot be started. Also, as SAP is not blocking the budget money for the work to be undertaken, the yearly funds sanctioned to all corporators will lapse and there will be allegations like corporators used only 10% of their funds etc.”In addition, he alleged due to the newly introduced Goods and Service Tax (GST) problems have increased like the civic officials are still confused how much percentage GST they should apply whether 5% is applicable or 18%, they are clueless for a particular project.

Voting for third party not solution, voting out BJP is: Jignesh Mevani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stopping short of asking people to vote for Congress, young Dalit leader from Gujarat Jignesh Mevani on Wednesday said that his gut feeling was that people would not commit the mistake of voting for any third party in the bipolar election in Gujarat, where they have decided to replace the BJP that has been ruling the state for 22 years.In a freewheeling chat with the national media at Press Club here, Mevani said BJP has to be defeated in the 2017 Gujarat Assembly elections in order to oust the party in the 2019 general elections.While evading a direct reply as to whom the people of Gujarat should vote for, if he wants to see the BJP defeated, Mevani said, “The 6.5 crore people of Gujarat have made up their mind. They know whom to vote to defeat the BJP. They also know whom not to vote to avoid ruining their vote. My gut feeling tells me people will not commit that kind of mistake this time.”While he said that he does not want to associate with any particular party and that his meeting with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi some time back was just to get his views on his demands for Dalits, Mevani was at great pains to highlight that “the difference between the BJP and all other parties is that the BJP is a fascist party, which wants to impose a Hindu Rashtra concept, going beyond the preamble of the Indian Constitution.””We are not supporting any political party,” Mevani emphasised.”The people of Gujarat have decided to bring to an end the 22-year misrule of the BJP, and we will use our full force in achieving this,” he said.His response came in reply to questions as to whether he was asking his supporters to vote for the Congress and which party people should choose this assembly election in the bipolar politics of Gujarat.Speaking about reservation, Mevani said he has left it to political parties to address the aspirations of communities like Patidars for quota, as it was a complex constitutional process.Training guns on the BJP for its poster campaign with tagline RAM (Rupani, Amit Shah and Modi) versus HAJ (Hardik, Alpesh, Jignesh), Mevani said instead of coming out with a ‘communally polarising campaign” with such slogns, the BJP should focus on the development front.Backing Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel, who has been caught in a sex CD row, Mevani said talk of ‘roti, kapda aur makan’, noteban and GST not CDs. “Not only mine but even your CD will come out if this practice of deploying cameras in the bedroom of people continues,” Mevani said when asked whether he feared that some CD may come about featuring him.”Counter us ideologically. Counter Harid Patel and Jignesh Mevani on development arguments and not through CDS. There is nothing wrong in a consensual relationship between a man and a woman,” Mevani said.Mevani, convenor of Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, also announced to organise a massive rally in Gujarat on December 6, the anniversary of Babri mosque demolition in Ayodhya and dared Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani to debate development with him on any forum in Gujarat.Mevani’s open letter to HardikComing out in support of Patel reservation stir leader Hardik Patel, activist and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani on Wednesday wrote an open letter to Hardik.“Looking at the manner in which the BJP is cornered in Gujarat, we should not be surprised by such sex CDs. The Patel community stands firm behind Hardik. The sex tape episode shows how low politicians can stoop.”
“I firmly believe the person in the tape is not Hardik. The tape is part of a larger conspiracy. Now, even if the person in the tape is Hardik, it should not be anyone else’s concern.”
“Our concern should be about the 50 lakh Gujaratis who do not have jobs… about malnourished children. About people hit hard by demonetisation and GST.”
“What will the country achieve by making public CDs of someone’s personal life. What about the dignity of the woman who is shown in the CD?”

P Chidambaram slams BJP, says GST is their khichdi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader P Chidambaram on Tuesday said that if slogans alone could develop a country, India would be developed by now. He was addressing businessmen at a function organised by the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) in the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).Criticising the BJP government’s handling of the economy, he said the UPA ended its term with 6.4% growth rate of economy.”We hoped the government would improve the performance but the economy has worsened,” said Chidambaram. The government has wasted an opportunity, he said. He said demonetisation was initially touted as a weapon against black money, fake currency and corruption.”The American dollar is the most counterfeited currency in the world, yet they never brought demonetisation to fight it. The way to fight it is to keep bringing in new design,” said Chidambaram. He said fighting corruption, and black money was necessary but demonetisation was not the way to do it. He said the move has led to over 19 lakh job losses and practically shut down the micro businesses in the country. He said the agitation by Patidars was nothing but an expression of concern for lack of jobs everywhere. He said the GST being implemented by the government was not the GST originally planned.”This one is the BJP’s khichdi,” said Chidambaram. He said across the globe, the countries that have implemented the tax has one rate. In fact, he said, India had to reserve special thanks to Gujarat because had it not been for elections in the state, the government would have never brought down GST rates.The former finance minister added that there was lack of private investment in the economy and this was the lowest credit growth ever witnessed in the last 20 years.SLEW OF CHARGESFormer finance minister said that there was lack of private investment in the economy and this was the lowest credit growth ever witnessed in the last 20 years.

GST for housing societies must be scrapped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Among other demands that will be discussed at the fifth National Conferenwce of Resident Welfare Associations (NCRWA), to be held in Mumbai soon, will be that GST should not be applicable to housing societies, organisers of the conference said at a press meet held on Tuesday at the Marathi Patraakar Sangh. The fifth NCRWA will be held between November 18 and 19 at Bhatiawadi Hall, Ghatkopar (East) and will be attended by central ministers, minister of state for housing among other delegates. Advanced locality management, residents’ associations and co-operative housing societies who want to participate can register on [email protected] or by WhatsApp/SMS on 7045599708. The meet was attended by D M Suthankar, former chief secretary of Maharashtra, Sharad Kumar, president of AGNI, and Sunita Godbole, member of women’s legal forum on housing society issues. “At present, the GST of 18 per cent has been applied on societies with maintenance of over Rs 5,000. We feel it is too high and should be removed. Among our other demands is reduction in real estate tax rate from 18 to 5 percent,” said Ramesh Prabhu, general secretary of the organising committee. “It is important to have a discussion on issues concerning us,” he said.

Eating out may become cheaper from today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ordering that extra starter or dessert at restaurants may not leave a larger dent in your wallet from today, as the central government had announced that it would reduce the goods and services tax (GST) levied at restaurants from 12 and 18 percent to five percent from November 15. However, till late on Tuesday night, it was unclear whether the cut in GST would roll out from the date announced, as a formal notification from the government was awaited.Restaurateurs had earlier complained of missing out on business and customers spending less after the new tax rate came into affect. A number of them said that the business was down by over 20 percent, and home delivery and take away orders were also hit.When GST came into force, there was a uniform 18 percent levied on restaurants that had both AC and non-AC sections, and 12 percent GST was levied on only non-AC restaurants.”For the past few months, our business, particularly the home delivery and parcels, was badly affected, hitting 30 percent of our business,” said Adarsh Shetty, president of AHAR, the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association.”There was no reason why a customer who was not sitting in the restaurant should be paying so much tax. Restaurants that had only 10 seats in AC room and 50 in non-AC were finding the same tax unbearable. Now there is rationalization across the board and we are informing our customers,” he added.”Even though a notification is not out yet, we have decided to pass on the benefit of a lower GST rate to our customers. All our members will be charging 5 percent GST from tomorrow. Even if the notification arrives later, we believe it will mention November 15 as the date for the reduced tax to kick in,” Shetty added.”We have already put up a notice outside our restaurant informing our guests that the GST rate is down and we look forward to passing on the benefit to them” said Mahesh Karkera, owner of popular eatery Mahesh Lunch Home in the Fort area in South Mumbai.”I fall in the category of common man and so it does make a difference to me when it comes to eating out. From 18 percent, if they are reducing it to five percent, it will certainly make a difference on when to go out for a get-together,” said Judith Monteiro, a resident of Dadar.However, Ankit Chona, MD, Havmor said, “While the FM has said that the tax will be reduced from Wednesday, there is no government notification in this regard. The proposed 5% GST is without Input Tax Credit (ITC), which defeats the very purpose of GST. We would have preferred a 12% GST with ITC. Without ITC we will not get tax paid on buying of materials. For example we by In-house ice cream where GST is 18% but we will not get ITC. We will have to charge 5% on the selling amount. Government’s argument that restaurant players are not passing the tax benefit would not hold true in longer run as those not becoming competitive will lose, as this sector is extremely competitive.”

Arun Jaitley denies govt lowered GST on over 200 goods due to electoral compulsions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today debunked Congress’ claim that it forced the government to lower tax on over 200 goods, saying rationalisation of rates was in works for 3-4 months and it is “juvenile politics” to link it to any election or political demand.Rejecting Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s demand for a single rate of tax, he said there is scope for further rationalisation of rate but the course will be decided by revenues that accrue from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) that was implemented from July this year. “This rationalisation is 3-4 month exercise,” he said, adding that the GST Council decided on the rate cut on the recommendation of a Fitment Committee.The decisions in the GST Council are “all consensus decisions,” he said. “This is really juvenile politics to link it with either elections or political demands”. The GST Council, which Jaitley heads, had last week brought down tax rate on 178 products from 28 per cent to 18 per cent and pushed down several others in lower bracket. Congress, which has made high tax rates and increased compliance burden in the GST regime an election issue in the run up to the assembly elections in Gujarat, claimed credit for the move.Its vice president Rahul Gandhi had demanded a single rate of up to 18 per cent GST tax as against 0, 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent slabs currently. Explaining the rationale for the rationalisation in rates of goods and services that have been done after the launch of the GST in July, Jaitley said the principle objective is that the transition has to be smooth and not abrupt. He said almost every item is better off than it was in July 1.”Those who are speaking of a single rate GST have no understanding of the tariff structure. Food items have to be taxed at Nil. Common man items have to be taxed at the lowest range of 5 per cent. “Luxury goods, sin products and products hazardous to environment and health cant be taxed at the same rate as aam admi (common man) product. So, wheat, rice, sugar cant be taxed at the rate as Mercedes car or yacht or tobacco,” he said. Without taking any names, he said those who speak of single rate have “no elementary understanding” of GST.He, however, said there is a scope for rationalisation of rate.”In 4 months we have rationalised the 28 per cent slab. Such rationalisation (will happen in future) depending on revenue buoyancy will take place,” he said. He went on to reel out the benefits of GST saying there is a single rate for products across the country, all inter- state barriers have gone and inspectors have disappeared. “You only have to address software (issue with filing of tax return). I think there is already a net advantage in medium and long term, smooth and a larger market and revenue buoyancy,” he said.Jaitley said the government expects all the tax rate benefit to be passed on to consumers, helping bring down inflation. “This is the advantage of an efficient tax system.” “Rationalisation process in the transition will always continue. So, wherever there is scope for improvement and procedural simplification will always continue,” he said. As the transition from over a dozen central and state levies to a single GST, the Council has been very pragmatic and flexible. “It has not been rigid. We react to market realities,” he added. On the decision of lowering tax on food bill in restaurants to 5 per cent from 18 per cent previously, the finance minister said the Council has taken a tough decision to deny the restaurant owners the right to set off tax paid on inputs from the tax on products as they had “unfairly” “pocketed” tax credit and did not pass on the credit to consumers.After the November 10 decision of the GST Council, Gandhi said the Congress will continue to fight for a lower 18 per cent tax for all products. “India need a simple GST, not a Gabbar Singh Tax. People of India and the Congress fought to bring down the rates of many items under the 28 per cent slab. Our struggle will continue to have a single rate and an 18 per cent cap. If the BJP doesn’t do it, Congress will show how to do it,” he tweeted on November 11.Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said, “Ministry of Finance must be complimented for ‘improving’ macro-economic situation in 4 months and 10 days! This is the time taken for common sense to germinate, flower and ripen into a fruit”. He said on November 10 that “Gujarat elections did what Parliament and common sense could not do”. Jaitley said the Council has simplified the return filing process till March because GST is in its early days and it was important to get people into the habit of filing regular returns. Last week the Council decided to simplify return filing till March 31, 2018, to bring down compliance burden. When asked about anti-GST sentiment, Jaitley said “there is an initial reluctance whenever there is a change. But, I have no doubt that in medium and long term businesses will realise that this is a change for better

CM Vasundhara Raje assures Chambal water to Alwar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The assurance for development of Alwar continued to gain strength as chief minister Vasundhara Raje continued with her public dialogue at the district. The CM’s public dialogue “Mukhymantri Jansamwad” has been extending opportunity to even representatives of communities less in population to have their plea heard at the highest level of governance in the state. At the public dialogue held at Alwar urban assembly constituency on Saturday the chief minister not only provided instantaneous solution to grievances raised by community representatives, she also assured of an ambitious plan to irrigate the districts development through water from Chambal river. “The state government is working in direction of bringing Chambal river water to Alwar, yet it is essential to further promote water conservation through roof water harvesting and similar steps,” said CM Raje, asking locals to participate in the governments flagship scheme to revive traditional water sources. At the Jansamwad, cleanliness works at Alwar city also gained impetus as the chief minister ordered for the cleanliness system to be revved up in 15 days. The chief minister instructed the officials to have the garbage lifted during the period and ensure that the garbage is not dumped in drains. CM also asked the housing board to develop a new sewerage plan in next 10 days in association with local urban improvement trust and public works department. Along with those to turn up at the jansamwad with issues seeking CM’s intervention, there were also those to express gratitude and support for her development works. Among these were group of trader communities that thanked chief minister for her efforts towards lowering GST band on several products. There were also group of women from the Rajput community that expressed support of their community for her. To speed up workCleanliness works at Alwar city also gained impetus as the chief minister ordered for the cleanliness system to be revved up in 15 days.CM asked the housing board to develop a new sewerage plan in next 10 days in association with local urban improvement trust and PWD. Women from Rajput community expressed support of their community for her. Seek relaxationThe non-reserved caste have been seeking relaxation in age limit in eligibility for selection at government service. The demand was put forth for CM’s consideration by members of from Brahmin community. Caste representatives also expressed gratitude towards her for extending cabinet minister status to Rohitashva Sharma.

A dialogue with JC: Flight of Hans | Change maker Bhargava funds innovations to light up Uttarakhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>You are being considered as a brand ambassador of Bhole Baba and Mata Mangla…How do you find yourself in the new role?I don’t consider this… I just complete whatever task is given to me… where they put me on is their lookout. The work we were doing is his invention, in which he said you have to do.What do you think, they are also like demi God or Spiritual Guru?For me they are everything. I have been with them for the last 45 years. I have learnt everything from them. Mataji said you have to do this… you have to reduce problems of India. We have invented such things which can bring a complete turnaround in India in next 5-10 years. How and when did you get aligned with these people?During studies, I felt there are things beyond money. Then I left everything to trudge the spiritual path. Here I came to know how smooth is this business… some one sweeps, others cook and then we earn.What were you studying?What studies… just enjoying and whiling away time.What is Hans Foundation and how it came into being?Mataji said we should not just be spiritual, we have to work towards reducing pains of people… I started a company in America which became big. Our sales crossed Rs 7,000 crore. Then Mataji said that we should do something for people. Then we started giving donations to NGOs. Later, we realised that NGOs are like sand to river. You keep on putting sand in the river and it flows away with waves. Then, I pondered how can we bring difference for the benefit of people. Then we started a company and explored what are the basic requirements of people. We found that power, water and manure are three basic needs. If we fulfill them other things will automatically fall in place. It is said that Internet is the base of education. But if there is no power then how can we get access to internet. And even if we get power, who will foot the bill. Then we invented a device which will charge no bill. It will be your power plant which will give you light and you run mobile, computer, fan everything without any tension of bill. What is the cost of this equipment?The cost of the equipment is Rs 14,500 which comes with a warranty of 12 years and till first 10 years, you will not get any bill.It will be a revolution, if it comes true?We have top engineers who have done trials. We are getting demands from everywhere but we want to give it to India first. Here, either it will work fast or would go slow. Government should also do something.Government is providing free connections under Ujjwala Scheme, then your plant… will it not be a game-changer?Definitely it will make difference… in every part of the world government gives subsidy on household electricity but doesn’t hand over to companies. Power companies don’t give you electricity as they suffer losses. Government spends on subsidy… then if it goes to 80% people then it will be a game-changer in politics as well. They failed to bring power for the last 70 years. I have seen in villages if you show them light, they use their mouths to blow it off. They are not aware what is electricity. If you provide electricity connections to each one, think what difference it would bring in politics.What are you doing in the field of water?If you treat saline water then you are done for several years… we have made a machine which can treat 60,000-litre water in a day… the cost would be around Rs2-3 lakh but one machine can serve water requirements of entire village.What is the quantum of problem related to polluted water…. what do you think?Water is the basic of life… they will cry when there will be no water… if we don’t start trying then the entire country will become like Maharashtra. What will you do… what will you eat… what government can do… it can just come out with schemes, put in money but it can’t do inventions… that is our job.Are you doing anything in the field of agriculture? We may make it big in agriculture. We have come up with an invention in which a farmer can produce manure in just 18 days at zero cost… urea, diesel, seeds and pesticides eat up 98% of farmer’s budget. They can produce such manure in 18 days which can up the production reducing water requirements to half… it will improve the food quality and farmers can earn 70-80% more.Don’t you think, it’s an overambitious plan?Whether it takes 5 or 10 years, if we don’t start anything how can we achieve. We have created concepts which can be scaled up. India will be built on farm revolution.The kind of revolution you are doing, what was the reaction of Bhole Baba and Mangla Mata?They are the inspiration behind whatever I am doing.You are working in Uttarakhand and sorting out basic issues there. Are you also thinking about employment and migration?If you are working at ground level, everything gets sorted out. If a farmer saves money from farming why will he think of migration… if you make education accessible to everyone without schools then there will be progress but then how can it happen if there is no electricity.How do you find the new chief minister?I liked the chief minister because he likes people like him… he started from scratch and worked hard throughout his life.Do you have any plans to promote religious tourism in Badrinath and Kedarnath?Our Indians are intelligent… give them an opportunity they will double the income… when there is dark in the evening then they can’t do anything and if there is light all around then they will earn in evenings also… big schemes are launched but they can’t get executed because you haven’t done anything on ground.Are you contributing in cleaning of Ganga also? The machine which we have made can be used in industries also… we are making such machines which can be operated after assembling it in half an hour… if we have to clean Ganga, we have to clean at the origin of pollution. If they have means for it, they can clean it.You are bringing so many projects and you do lot of charity, how do you manage money at such a large scale?I do business and people say that I know a little bit of it… we earn a lot but what should we do of that money …. Buy a car… construct a building… these are child’s fancy which I have done when I was in X class. Now I want to do big things which can interest me.You are doing charity across the globe, heard that you are collaborating with Indonesian government also?We are not doing anything with Indonesian government. In Indonesia also, there is shortage of power, South America and Jordan too have this problem. You make camps for refugees but if you don’t give them any work, they will indulge in criminal activities. If you give them electricity then they will do job on Internet. I said earlier also, first we will experiment in India then will go to other places. People are buying 1 lakh units of power in Uttarakhand.Prime Minister had visited Kedarnath, do you think his visit will help in the development of that area?If development doesn’t take place at ground level nothing will happen. Prime Minister, during his visit had announced a power pack with 5 lights. I think he must have come to know that wired electricity can’t reach everywhere… and if this happens there will be corruption and you can’t do much.As a citizen, how do you rate the Prime Minister?Honestly, I like one thing about him that he is trying to do something. Whether I agree with him or not but he is trying to do something. Unless one does anything how can you evaluate right or wrong… I like that he is doing something.You are a brilliant thinker and a brilliant person, what do you think about GST and demonetization?One good thing about GST is that the corruption in government will reduce… people ask me why don’t I do business here, I tell them if I do it 25 people will come demanding undue money… people will create problems. demonetization, however could have taken place at a slower pace… but you realise your mistakes only when you commit.

BJP giving public wealth to corporates: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his seventh visit to Gujarat since August, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi began his campaigning in North Gujarat on Saturday by speaking about GST, effects of demonetization on masses, job losses, privatised and costly education and health services.Starting his three-day North Gujarat tour from Chiloda village in Gandhinagar, the Congress scion said the BJP governments are transferring wealth of masses to a few corporates. He also attributed the reduction of GST rate on Friday to the pressure from Congress and small businessmen of Gujarat.During a public meeting at Chhala village in Gandhinagar, he said that BJP government has converted GST into Gabbar Singh Tax. “You must have seen Sholay. Gabbar Singh was looting money from the vulnerable people. BJP government is also doing the same. This is not our model of GST. We will continue to fight till there is a real one tax,” Gandhi said.He said if Congress comes to power, it will work for improving health and education services for masses besides welfare of farmers, women and workers.At another meeting at Prantij in Sabarkantha district, he said that successive BJP governments in Gujarat have privatised education and health, making them costly and unaffordable to the majority.“If your child wants admission in engineering college, be ready to pay lakhs as fee. If someone wants treatment in private hospitals, they have to pay lakhs and without it they are not allowed to enter,” the Congress leader said.Gandhi also charged PM Narendra Modi of turning a blind eye to corruption by relatives of those associated with the BJP governments. At Prantij, he said, “Modi has a new mantra. ‘Na mein bolunga, na bolne dunga,’. We want an inquiry into the matter. Modiji, if you are not ordering an inquiry, at least say that.”

PIL to stay GST council decisions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A public interest litigation has been moved by one Sandeep Sharma to stay the announcement of the GST council decision taken on Tuesday. The petitioner’s advocate while mentioning it before the first division bench pleaded that the court should direct the GST council to not make public the decision taken by it. It also sought an interim relief that if the decision are announced, should be declared null and void. The petition is likely to be heard on Wednesday.

Surat traders divided over impact of Rahul Gandhi’s visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Business leaders in Surat are divided over the impact that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s visit will have on electoral fortunes. While the textile sector said that the visit could turn the game in the Congress’ favour if the party played its cards well, those in other sectors felt that voting pattern could see some change but nothing would affect the election results and the BJP would continue to dominate.Gandhi had on Wednesday visited textile markets, manufacturing units, diamond polishing units and met trade leaders and labourers. A section of trade leaders told DNA that their interaction with Rahul Gandhi had changed perceptions they had harboured about him previously.”Gandhi is a simple, down-to-earth fellow. He did not speak much and insisted on listening to our problems. He demolished that perception we had about him and gained the confidence of traders and workers alike. Against the capacity of accommodating 1,600 people of the Sanjeevkumar Auditorium, close to 5,000 people had gathered,” said Jaylal, spokesman of Surat GST Textile Sangarsh Samiti.Surat was the epicentre of protests against including the textile sector under the GST. They had conducted strikes saying that small traders were not equipped to meet the compliance requirements of the new taxation regime.Industry sources told DNA that since the rollout of GST, cloth production has reduced by over 60 per cent and manufacturing units as well as trading firms were shutting down.Surat has traditionally been a BJP bastion. In the last two Assembly elections, BJP had won all 12 urban seats from the city. However, with business taking a hit, traders were angered with the governments at the centre and, state throwing open the stage for Congress to revive its fortunes.The visit will sway voters of Majura and Choryasi, which have been BJP bastions. Gandhi got overwhelming response in markets and in Patidar dominated Varachha locality. Everything now depends on what candidates Congress selects.—Jaylal, spokesman, Surat Textile GST Sangharsh SamitiRahul’s visit was a super hit. People were very excited. Traders are being threatened with adverse repurcussions. This is a democracy. People are happy that he lent them his ears.—Tarachand Kasat, President, All India Textile Traders FederationTraders have been loyal to the BJP but have been hit hard. We have been complaining about the hardships in GST, the government did not listen to us. Textile Minister Smriti Irani did not meet us during her previous visit.—Champalal Bothara, General Secretary, Federation of Surat Textile Traders AssociationThere is a feel good factor among people after Rahul’s visit. But what about other Congress leaders? There is so much infighting. Even BJP has the time to make amends into GST.—Dinesh Navadia, Regional Chairman, GJEPC – GujaratRahul Gandhi is no match for Narendra Modi when it comes to oratory skills. Other BJP leaders have also started adapting Modi’s style. You need to be a good orator to fetch votes.—Sanat Relia, President, Southern Gujarat Hotel and Restaurant AssociationTraders do not antagonise the government which is adapting all means to reach to its ends. The main problem now is GST. Rahul Gandhi has his limitations as whatever changes need to be made will be made by the government.—PM Shah, President, SGCCI

I am still unable to understand GST, won’t speak about it: Madhya Pradesh Food Minister Om Prakash Dhurve

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid Opposition parties targeting government over the Goods and Service Tax (GST), Madhya Pradesh Food and Civil Supplies minister has said that he has still not understood the new tax regime.The minister made the remark during a discussion on note-ban and GST on Wednesday, ahead of the crucial meeting of the GST Council slated to be held on Friday.”I am still unable to understand the GST… therefore, I won’t speak anything on this topic. Chartered Accountants, Businessmen are not understanding GST (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), said Om Prakash Dhurve.The minister also said that he will be satisfied and feel better when he will understand it slowly.
ALSO READ DeMo, GST have crippled Surat’s textile, diamond hubs, says Rahul GandhiMeanwhile, the GST Council meeting, chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, is likely to witness deliberations on a number of topics, including extended liberalization given to small traders, rate cuts on A/C restaurants from 18% to 12%, and the issue of benami properties.With the 23rd meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the cards, exporters, small traders and those in the restaurant business are hoping for a much-needed relief to come their way.
ALSO READ GST, Aadhaar to transform Indian economy, to take it to a new level: UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan PandeyPunjab, Karnataka and Puducherry, where the Congress is in power, jointly voiced their reservations over glitches with the GST tax-filing network, demanding that real estate and petroleum products be brought under the new regime and the tax rate be kept at no more than 18%.In the run-up to the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, the opposition party and its leaders have been targeting the government over difficulties faced by some businesses under the GST regime, with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi even calling it a “Gabbar-Singh Tax (GST)”.

Has the Patidar vote-bank slipped out of Hardik Patel’s hands?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A tour through Patidar dominated the landscape of Saurashtra, rural as well as urban, suggests that Hardik Patel seems to have lost the confidence of the community.Interestingly, the narrative on the ground seems to be that Patidars, especially the older generation, always saw Hardik as a new face of the Patels within the BJP and not outside and that the support he enjoyed was for the limited goal of wringing out concessions from the government. When it comes to the larger politics of the state with Congress as the option to BJP, Hardik’s politics has gone haywire.”People throng to his rallies and sabhas because we feel that he is a Patel kid who is fighting for our future. We thought we have found a new face or leader who will capture the BJP for us. But now that he is hobnobbing with the Congress, which is not done. Our political affiliation is clear,” said Nareshbhai Patel from Patidar dominated Virpur village on the border of Rajkot and Junagadh districts.Dillidallying, Hardik has yet not been able to finalise his alliance with Congress. “This shows that he is rudderless. A problem is that he is not the age to contest elections and perhaps doesn’t know what to do with the following he had. Today he is here, and tomorrow he is there. So, how can we trust him?” said Paresh H Patel of Dhoraji, another Patidar stronghold.Moreover, the younger generation sees Hardik’s dilly-dallying in choosing sides as either his rudderlessness or as a sign of being in cahoots with Congress since the beginning of the Patidar unrest for “personal gains”. People of this community feel that he is trying to trade his influence with the community to mint money and a career for himself rather than a selfless effort for them. “He has exposed himself by allying with Congress. He is right to ask for our demands but allying with Congress is not done. He is making money for himself. He is trading us and the future of our children to make his own,” Pareshbhai added.Even the Patidar community of Visavadar, the constituency from where Keshubhai Patel led his war against Narendra Modi and one of the two seats that once powerful Patidar leader managed to win after breaking away from BJP, is not rallied around Hardik as one would have expected.”It is all about money. He will make loads of money in this election from the Congress and then no one will hear of him. He is not a politician. We support him for fighting for our demands, but if he were to contest we would not even vote for him. Who is he to dictate our vote? Is he a bigger leader than Keshubhai? See what happened to Keshubhai,” Vipulbhai Patel of Visavadar told DNA.The caste divide between Kadva and Leuva Patels too seems to be playing in the Hardik conundrum. While Hardik is a Kadva Patel, Leuva Patels are more in number in the Saurashtra region and they are miffed at Hardik for having caused the downfall of former CM Anandiben Patel who had to step down due to the Patidar unrest. Anandiben happens to be a Leuva Patel. “I don’t know how many Kadva Patels are in his support but Leuva community will never forget that it was due to him that Anandiben, first woman CM of Gujarat and a pride of our community was sabotaged by him and his intransigent attitude,” said Vijay Manubhai from Upleta. Meanwhile, the attitude of the trading community and that of manufacturers, who also happen mainly to be Patels given the socio-economic structure of the state, too can be gagged by the above observations.While Patel businessmen are openly criticising Modi, demonetisation and GST, they either feel there is no other option or they are hopeful that Modi will make policy adjustments to alleviate their troubles.”The small-scale manufacturing units have been hit by demo and we still don’t know how to file GST. It is frustrating as there have been job cuts for we had to let many employees go due to a slump in business. But, we think Modi will make up for it and make amendments. These moves were good, but the implementation needs to be finetuned,” said Paras Kasundra Patil, who makes hydraulic machines for farm sector in his unit based in the Atlas industrial estate in Rajkot.”Congress must not come as it will ruin the country. BJP must come but with depleted seats so that they get a lesson too,” he added. On the other hand, Veenubhai Patel, who runs a boring unit in the Samrat Industrial Complex on the outskirts of Rajkot, feels that while demo hurt for a short period, GST has helped his business. “Those who were manufacturing and trading off the books and illegally have been hurt. That has been good for my business as a genuine businessman.”

GST, Aadhaar to transform Indian economy, to take it to a new level: UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey, in an interview with Sanjay Jog, said Aadhaar and GST have potential to transform Indian economy. Pandey, who is also the Chairman of Goods & Services Tax Network (GSTN), said government is taking due measures to provide relief to the people.People are facing a lot of issues since GST roll-out. What measures are being taken to address them?GST is a major reform. When you roll out any new system there are bound to be some teething problems. The process under GST is different than what it used to be. People will get used to it, and they will find it more convenient. We have addressed many issues that were raised, and are looking into the rest.What is your take on issues related to GST Network?In both GST and Aadhaar we are very sensitive to people’s needs. We don’t want the common people to be affected due to these reforms. We have been making required changes and adjustments. We will attempt every possible solution to address them.There is a question of transition or change management. We are actively working with states and various stakeholders to ensure this change is smooth.What has been the journey of Aadhaar since its launch in 2010?We have issued Aadhaar to 118.7 crore people which is almost 89.7 per cent of the current population, which also constitutes 99 per cent of the adult population.Aadhaar has ensured that needy and deserving people get the benefits. Cases of ghost duplication of fake beneficiaries were rampant before this.In the last two-and-a-half year when Aadhaar was used for availing benefits, total savings estimated is around Rs 57,000 crore. A World Bank study in 2016 said if Aadhaar is used in all government schemes it will lead to an annual benefit of Rs 70,000.What do you have to say on the debate that Aadhaar will breach privacy?We are very particular about privacy. When the Aadhaar Act was drafted, it was based on the premise that privacy is a fundamental right. In its recent judgment, the Supreme Court said privacy can be restricted in legitimate interest and it has to be proportionate and justified. According to us, Aadhaar complies with the SC order.There have been apprehensions about misuse of Aadhaar data. How far it is possible?Privacy and data protection are very important. We have taken possible measures and applied technological processes to ensure that there is no breach into UIDAI data. During seven years there has not been single breach of data from the UIDAI and biometrics given by citizens are safe and secured. That does not mean that we become complacent. People who are attempting they are changing the technology and we have to be ahead of them so that data remains absolutely secured.

Loopholes in implementing GST: Manmohan Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday, apart from ripping apart demonetisation, also criticised the loopholes in implementation of GST.Talking about the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the former FM and RBI governor said GST implementation was causing problems.”I agree that a well-designed GST would be a genuine reform. It was an idea which the UPA government initiated. Apart from the problem of multiple rates, there are loopholes in the administrative arrangements for GST implementation. In particular, small businesses, traders and exporters have serious concerns which need to be addressed,” he said.The former PM further said demonetisation, poor implementation of GST and rise of tax terrorism under the guise of controlling corruption, have seriously damaged the investment climate facing small businesses.The former prime minister also hit out at the Modi government saying there are a number of nice-sounding slogans such as Start Up India, Stand Up India and Skill India, “but they are not backed by effective policies on the ground”.”In fact, policies should come first before the slogans. Slogans come first and efforts to define policies come much later. This is not helpful,” he said.About Modi’s statements that Congress and Congress-led central governments have always hated Gujaratis, Singh said nothing could be farther from truth.”The most famous Gujarati whom the Congress and the whole nation revers is Mahatma Gandhi. The next famous Gujarati is Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who enjoys a special position in our freedom struggle,” he saidHe also criticised Modi for pitting Sardar Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru, saying, “Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel worked hand in hand to consolidated gains of freedom. Nothing is gained, as is often attempted by Modi ji, to pit the two great leaders apart.”Singh also expressed anguish at Modi’s often-made remarks that nothing was done in the 70 years before he became the Prime Minister.The former PM spoke about huge improvement in life expectancy, literacy rate, self sufficiency in food, and economic growth since Independence, and remarked, “I wish the PM would find more dignified ways of impressing crowds and seeking their votes without resorting to statements which denigrate our country.”Singh said his government was criticized for slowdown, and presented figures to show that growth under the NDA government has been much lower.”In the 10 years of UPA I and II, we produced 7.8 percent GDP growth on average. Modi ji has so far produced an average of only 7.3 percent in the first three years. To equal UPA’s 10-year average, economy will have to grow at 10.6 percent in the fifth year, which I do not think it will,” he said.Expressing concern at the dip in private investment, he also asked the Prime Minister to take a good look at ground reality and to identify and tackle the critical constraints that are depressing investor sentiment.”This requires a frank admission of problems, and getting out of the culture of constant self praise,” he said in another dig on his successor.In response to a question about the BJP’s allegations that the Congress government delayed approval for Sardar Sarovar Dam, Singh said, “(When he was Gujarat chief minister) Modi ji never had a meeting with me about Narmada dam.””In 1992, when the World Bank cut funding for the project, I as finance minister of India, had stepped forward to provide funding from the Centre,” he said.‘BULLET TRAIN IS AN EXERCISE IN VANITY’The proposed Bullet Train project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is an exercise in vanity, said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said while addressing small businessmen in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.
Instead, projects like the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) started during UPA government will benefit the Indian economy in multiple ways, increase productivity and reduce transportation costs, he said.
“The Bullet Train project is an exercise in vanity. The Rs 88,000-crore needs to be repaid to Japan. Gujaratis have a good business sense and you know if a project is too good to be true, it certainly is not,” said Singh.
He blamed the NDA government for its lop-sided priorities, adding not many will benefit from the project and alternatively, more investment should be pumped in creating infrastructure.

Economist slams govt for ‘harming the poor’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Economist Arun Kumar on Tuesday said demonetization and GST has ended up marginalising the poor, apart from producing a ‘double shock’ for the economy.”It has also ended up showing the weakness of the Indian democracy, that it caters to the interest of the ruling elite,” said Kumar, author of ‘The Black Economy’ in India.He said the policies carried out in the name of reforms seem to be more pro-business without concern for the common people.Kumar, considered an authority on black money, said demonetization wiped out 86% of the country’s currency at one go. “This produced a huge shockwave in a well-functioning economy, sent it into a tailspin and the rate of growth turned negative. RBI announced that 99 per cent of the old currency is back in the banks. A year later, it is clear that demonetization did not dent black money, fake notes, corruption or terrorism,” he said.He added that black money does not always mean cash and their is no magic bullet to tackle black economy. “Hundreds of steps have been taken in the past with little success to tackle black money. The problem is political. It can only be dealt with by sustained movements.”He called GST a second shock to the economy within a year of demonetization, calling it a complex tax hard to implement in a complex economy like India.”Political parties have not taken the interest of the unorganized sector into account. They have gone by the interests of the large businesses for whom ‘one nation one tax’ is a seductive slogan,” he said.

Sensing tweak in GST rates, Cong attacks Modi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aiming to preempt possible announcement of big relief measures during GST Council’s meeting in Guwahati on November 10, the Congress on Monday launched an offensive against the Modi government.We will ask the government to give relief to the manufacturing sector, especially textiles besides seeking reduction in tax slabs in various sectors like construction, hospitality etc. said the Finance Ministers of Congress ruled states.Congress is expecting that Modi government would use the GST Council route to announce sops for certain sectors that can have bearing on poll bound Gujarat. The BJP is having a tough time in Gujarat on account of GST that arguably has bogged down manufacturing and trading.Coming together in New Delhi, the Finance Ministers slammed the tardy and flawed roll out of the GST claiming that it has been a lost opportunity in terms of job creation and bad implementation has caused severe suffering to the small scale and medium industries.The ruling BJP was arrogant before the launch of GST but had recently mellowed down when it had to face a ground swell of opposition and tough election in Gujarat, they said.”There was arrogance when the GST council started discussing the tax rates but things have changed now. The government is more receptive to our suggestions,” Punjab finance minister Manpreet Badal said.”There is no political expediency, we just want the betterment of the system and are willing to help the government. The situation would not have been this bad had the government listened to our suggestions that we raised time and again in various GST council meetings and implemented them,” he said.Besides Badal, the Congress lined up two other state ministers, Krishna Gowda from Karnataka and Kamalakaran of Puducherry to put the blame on Modi government on tardy and flawed GST implementation ahead of the GST Council meeting at Guwahati.Gowda said lately he noticed a change in the government’s attitude.”Earlier we were told not a line would be changed but now they are listening to us and they have made some changes in the tax rates recently. It is good that state polls are here,” said Gowda.”We are not here merely to pick holes in GST but we also want resolution of the issues that we are raising,” he said.The Congress, however, said it will not give the government a blank cheque over the radical tax reform.”The faulty implementation has pushed the country towards a blind alley. GST was done in hurry without preparedness. As a result trade has been disrupted and jobs have been lost,” said Badal.Describing upper slab of 28 percent GST as the highest in the world, Badal said traders were bogged down by as many as 1032 returns they needed to file in a year. Further, there are around 3.5 crore invoices on the GST Network that can’t be matched.”We will take up these issues strongly in the council as there is a sense of urgency,” said Badal.”The government claimed that GST would boost the GDP by 2 percent but in five months what we see is a reverse,” Gowda said adding, “if the government claimed sole ownership of GST at its midnight launch, it should share the blame as well.”The Congress state ministers pointed out that a declining tax collection over the past three months from Rs 56 lakh to Rs 40 lakh per month besides Rs 8000 cr as compensation to states showed the GST was suffering from several operational bottlenecks.‘TRADERS HIT’Describing upper slab of 28% GST as the highest in the world, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Badal said traders were bogged down by as many as 1,032 returns they needed to file in a year.

Mamata Banerjee: Use ‘black DPs’ to protest GST, note ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to protest against the Centre’s twin policies of demonetization and Goods and Services Tax (GST), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked everyone to change their Twitter display picture to black. She set an example by changing hers on Monday, two days ahead of November 8, the first anniversary of demonetization.She dubbed GST as Great Selfish Tax. ‘Great Selfish Tax to harass people. To take away jobs. To hurt businesses. To finish the economy. GoI failed to tackle #GST’, she tweeted.Inviting people for the protest, she tweeted, ‘#Noteban is a disaster. On #Nov8BlackDay to protest against this scam that destroyed the economy. Let us also change our Twitter DP to black’.Quick to respond was TMC MP and party spokesperson Derek O’Brien who followed suit. ‘Responding to @MamataOfficial to make DP black as form of protest for Demo scam. Appeal to all to do the same. Go black #Nov8BlackDay’, he tweeted.Party sources said GST, demonetization and linking Aadhaar with phone and bank accounts would be some of the biggest issues at the winter session of Parliament. Mamata, on October 25, during the meeting of the extended core committee meeting had said, “We were never against GST. What we objected to was the improper, unplanned implementation of GST which resulted in the misery of many.”

PM Modi has his own interpretation of Gita, he believes in eating the fruits of others’ labour: Rahul Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has his own interpretation of a saying from the Bhagvad Gita.The Gandhi scion alleged Prime Minister Modi believes in eating up the fruits of others’ labour.”It says in the Gita, ‘Do your work, don’t worry about the fruits of your labour’, but Modiji’s interpretation is ‘eat up the fruits of others’ labour, don’t worry about doing any work’,’ Rahul said while addressing an election rally in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh.Rahul’s remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Congress accepted defeat in Himachal Pradesh and will not return to power here in near future.Addressing a rally at Rait, the Prime Minister launched a scathing attack on the Congress by saying that the grand-old party has backed off and accepted defeat as its central leaders have stopped campaigning in the state.On the other hand, Rahul Gandhi has trained his guns at Prime Minister Modi. Ahead of assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, Rahul has been cornering the Prime Minister over demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax (GST).On October 26, addressing a PHD Chamber of Commerce functions in Delhi, Rahul said, ‘Rising unemployment in India is a ‘MMD- Modi Made Disaster’ and after three years of NDA (National Democratic Alliance) government, India’s expectations are shattered.’Ahead of demonetisation’s first anniversary on November 8, Rahul also targeted Prime Minister Modi over it.’Prime Minister has forgotten that all cash is not black and all black is not bad. November 8th is the ‘barsi’ (death anniversary) of note ban. GST or Gabbar Singh Tax has unleashed tax terrorism. Small businesses are crying due to the GST,’ Gandhi said.On November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Modi announced to demonetise 500- and 1000-rupee banknotes with an aim to weaken the black money or shadow economy in the country.The Opposition parties have announced to observe November 8 as ‘black day’ to oppose demonetisation.To counter Opposition’s plan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has decided to make Indians aware about the Modi government’s anti-black money steps till November 7 and will observe November 8 as anti-black money day.In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has named former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal as its chief ministerial candidate and the Congress is banking upon incumbent Virbhadra Singh, who is facing court cases over corruption charges.In 2015, the CBI filed a case against Virbhadra Singh and his family for owning assets disproportionate to his known sources of income when he was the union minister between 2009 and 2011. Cases have been filed against his wife Pratibha Singh, son Vikramaditya and daughter Aparajita as well.Polling in Himachal Pradesh is slated to be held on November 9. Results of the 68-member Assembly will be declared on December 18.

Migrants in Gujarat solidly back BJP: CR Patil

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CR Patil, BJP MP from Navsari in Surat, originally hails from Jalgaon in Maharashtra. The party also has one MLA, and ten corporators in Surat-Udana Municipal Corporation who originally hails from Maharashtra’s Khandesh region. Patil, who commands influence over a sizeable chunk of migrant population, has been given responsibility of these voters. He spoke with DNA’s Sudhir Suryawanshi, when he expressed confidence of BJP bagging 120-125 seats of a total of 182 seats.Rahul Gandhi has been raising issues such as education, health, and Tata’s Nano factory…The Opposition will be raking up some issue. But Gujarat’s migrant population are with the BJP. The party has done a lot for them, be it jobs, roads, electricity, pure water and proper drainage system and road connectivity. The migrant population has secured their future in Gujarat.Is Khandesh population unhappy with GST implementation?Not only textile traders, but spinners, twisters, embroidery workers etc also come under GST. But it has impacted only a miniscule of traders. The big traders in fact are happy. PM Modi has also cut GST on textiles from 18% to 5%. Now people have got refunds, and the anger against GST has come down.Has costly health services made people unhappy?In each village, government health centres are providing free treatment. Besides, people are insured under Ma Amrutam Health scheme where upto Rs2.5 lakh expenses are taken care of, while under Ma Vatsalya scheme, delivery services have been made free.What of the forceful acquisition of farmers’ land?Land and development are interconnected. Without land, we cannot have development. We have mostly acquired salt pans. We are giving them good compensation that is four times that of market rate.Patidar leader Hardik Patel, OBC leader Alpesh Thakore and Dalit leader Jignesh Mewani have joined to defeat BJP…Congress has been out of power in Gujarat for last 22 years. Its leaders are desperate and are resorting to dirty caste politics.

It was a close call in 62 seats in 2012

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is not just demonetisation, GST and the Patel factor that will play a crucial role in the Assembly elections of 2017. A lot will also be decided by how both parties fare in 62 of the 182 seats. For in these 62 seats, whichever candidate won in 2012 did so with a slim margin of less than 10,000 votes.This effectively means a good victory (assuming that a winning margin of more than 10,000 votes is one) for both the parties happened in only 120 seats in the last elections.Of the 62 seats that had a thin margin of victory, 35 were such that the winning margin between the winner and loser was less than 5,000 votes. In eight seats, the winning margin was less than 1,500 seats.Of the 62 seats, 30 were won by the BJP, one each by the NCP and GPP and the rest by the Congress. This means, both the Congress and BJP barely made it as victorious in 30 seats each.Of the 35 seats were the winning margin were less than 5,000 votes, Congress won 20, NCP and GPP one each while the rest were won by the BJP. In seats were the victory margin was less than 1,500 votes, Congress won six seats, the BJP and NCP won one each.The Congress needs to be more worried because it narrowly escaped defeat in most seats where the winning margin was less than 5,000 votes or less than 1,500 votes. The BJP with its strong organisational structure may be able to turn the tables on the Congress in such seats.The lowest victory margin was for Sojitra in which the Congress candidate won by a measly 162 seats. In fact, four seats in the 2012 assembly elections saw a victory margin of less than 1000 seats. These seats were – Sojitra, Kalol, Kankrej and Anand. Of this, BJP won Anand by a margin of 987 votes while the rest were won by Congress.Of the 62 seats, four were reserved for the scheduled tribe and three were won by the BJP while five seats were reserved for the scheduled tribe and of this, BJP won three while Congress won the rest.

Quit throne, if you can’t control inflation: Rahul Gandhi tells PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Another day, another innovative way of hitting out at Narendra Modi government by Congress VP Rahul Gandhi. This time, Rahul posted a small poem to attack the Modi government on Twitter. He tweeted, ” “Mehngi gas, mehnga ration, band karo khokhla bhashan, daam bandho, kaam do, varna khali karo singhasan.” It roughly translates to, ” Gas and ration have become costly. Stop your hollow speeches, get a control on prices, provide job or vacate the throne’. Along with the tweet, he attached a news report on rising prices of liquefied petroleum gas and other items. During his Gujarat tour, Gandhi caught the attention of people, especially social media users, with his attack on the Modi government over rising prices, unemployment, demonetization, poor economy and the Goods and Services Tax. He also called GST as the Gabbar Singh Tax, which became an instant hit on social media. With agency inputs

Himachal Assembly Polls 2017: We lost two tallest leaders for nation, don’t need BJP’s certificate, says Anand Sharma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP has attacked the Himachal government on corruption. What is the Congress’ strategy?There have been no charges of corruption against the government. There are no FIRs, no inquiries. There are some old cases of disproportionate assets against CM Virbhadra Singh, which are sub-judice. There are allegations against the BJP, too. They have fielded the highest number of corrupt politicians in the state — 23 with criminal charges and 9 with serious criminal charges.
The Prime Minister said in his speech at Kangra on Thursday that the Congress’s support for Kashmir’s “azaadi” is an insult to the Army… The Congress definitely does not need a certificate from PM Modi on our love for the country. The party has paid the supreme sacrifice and we have lost two of our tallest leaders in service of our nation. Modi has no counter for the betrayal of people for not delivering on his promises, especially jobs. He promised 7 crore jobs. His government killedover 4 crore. The twin blows of demonetisation and GST have taken away over 33% jobs from the MSME sector. He needs to address that instead.
The BJP says that it was the Congress which thought of the GST… It is true that the original author of GST was the Congress. Then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee drafted it and sent it to a standing committee. It was finalised by P Chidambaram. For seven years, we could not pass the GST because of a strong opposition from the BJP. Especially from Modi who said that GST was against the “spirit of the Constitution”. But when he came to power, he saw virtue in it. The government met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and later, formally asked for our support. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley met me, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Chidambaram. We agreed to extend support on three conditions. The first was that the highest tax slab should not exceed 28%, the second was to support small enterprises which do not have infrastructural back-up, and the third was to not exclude revenue goods like petroleum products, fuel, electricity etc. The BJP took our support and did exactly the opposite: there are now five tax slabs and the GST is one of the highest in the world, there is no help for the MSME sector and they excluded petroleum products, fuel electricity etc, which make for 45% of the revenue, from GST.
The BJP has attacked your manifesto, saying that these are false promises… Unlike the BJP, we do not make false promises. Himachal Pradesh has a population of 75 lakh, and in the last five years, we created 65,000 jobs. In Gujarat, where the population is 6.5 crore, the BJP has managed to create10,000 jobs. We built four medical colleges, while they have had to shut down their government schools. The BJP is now talking about appointing a new Lokayukta, when the big question is why have they not appointed the Lokpal even after the Bill was passed and the Supreme Court has passed orders. Their vision document has no vision. It is all lies.

We lost two tallest leaders for nation, don’t need BJP’s certificate: Anand Sharma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP has attacked the Himachal government on corruption. What is the Congress’ strategy?There have been no charges of corruption against the government. There are no FIRs, no inquiries. There are some old cases of disproportionate assets against CM Virbhadra Singh, which are sub-judice. There are allegations against the BJP, too. They have fielded the highest number of corrupt politicians in the state — 23 with criminal charges and 9 with serious criminal charges.The Prime Minister said in his speech at Kangra on Thursday that the Congress’s support for Kashmir’s “azaadi” is an insult to the Army…The Congress definitely does not need a certificate from PM Modi on our love for the country. The party has paid the supreme sacrifice and we have lost two of our tallest leaders in service of our nation. Modi has no counter for the betrayal of people for not delivering on his promises, especially jobs. He promised 7 crore jobs. His government killed over 4 crore. The twin blows of demonetisation and GST have taken away over 33 per cent jobs from the MSME sector. He needs to address that instead.The BJP says that it was the Congress which thought of the GST…It is true that the original author of GST was the Congress. Then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee drafted it and sent it to a standing committee. It was finalised by P Chidambaram. For seven years, we could not pass the GST because of a strong opposition from the BJP. Especially from Modi who said that GST was against the “spirit of the Constitution”. But when he came to power, he saw virtue in it. The government met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, and later, formally asked for our support. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley met me, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Chidambaram. We agreed to extend support on three conditions. The first was that the highest tax slab should not exceed 28 per cent, the second was to support small enterprises which do not have infrastructural back-up, and the third was to not exclude revenue goods like petroleum products, fuel, electricity etc. The BJP took our support and did exactly the opposite: there are now five tax slabs and the GST is one of the highest in the world, there is no help for the MSME sector and they excluded petroleum products, fuel electricity etc, which make for 45 per cent of the revenue, from GST.The BJP has attacked your manifesto, saying that these are false promises…Unlike the BJP, we do not make false promises. Himachal Pradesh has a population of 75 lakh, and in the last five years, we created 65,000 jobs. In Gujarat, where the population is 6.5 crore, the BJP has managed to create 10,000 jobs. We built four medical colleges, while they have had to shut down their government schools. The BJP is now talking about appointing a new Lokayukta, when the big question is why have they not appointed the Lokpal even after the Bill was passed and the Supreme Court has passed orders. Their vision document has no vision, it’s all lies.

Congress lost trust of people, BJP govt will earn it back: Prem Kumar Dhumal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>What is the BJP’s biggest poll offering in the state?The benefits of “jaan, maan aur sammaan”. In the last five years, the Congress eroded people’s belief and lost its credibility owing to its misrule and rampant corruption. We promise to win that belief back. We will have something for everyone. We will ensure women are safe here, bring development back on track, create more jobs, build better health facilities, and restore pension for those above 70 years. In the tourism sector, the backbone of the state economy, we plan new destinations, better infrastructure, and the development of the “char dham” circuit, connecting all temples.The Congress’ manifesto, released after the BJP’s, seems to have an edge…It is a fraud manifesto — full of false promises. In 2003, the Congress in its manifesto said that one member in every family will get a job. It later said that those without jobs will get social security cards. But unemployment is still a huge worry. In 2003, and again in 2012, they said that Class X students will get Rs 10,000, while those above Class XII will get Rs 15,000. I spoke to students in Rampur, none of whom received any stipend. The hydro-electric projects the Congress has been promising aren’t complete. These are false assurances.The state is reeling under a debt of Rs 28,000 crore. What are the BJP’s plans?We plan to generate an income of Rs 600 crore every year through hydel projects. We will create 70,000 jobs that will boost the economy to an extent. In a state like Himachal Pradesh, there is not much scope to send money back to the Centre, but we will do our best. In one of the rallies on Thursday, PM Modi said that he will ask cold drink companies to ensure that at least 5 per cent of the compositions are made of fruit pulp or juice. This will be very beneficial for the state’s agrarian economy.There has been some unhappiness within the party over ticket distribution…In every Vidhan Sabha constituency, a party usually has 50-100 prominent workers. The party is bound by certain factors — especially winnability. There is bound to be discontentment among a section of the people, but the party is supreme.Talking of discontentment, the GST has been a major grouse among the voters…In Parliament, when the GST was eventually brought in, P Chidambaram reminded us all that it was the Congress in 2010 which took the initiative. The “one nation, one market, one tax” scheme will be a boon for small traders by lowering price rise. It will expand the GDP by 1.5-2 per cent. We introduced a system for traders to pay the tax quarterly and rest easy on other days. The GST council had given an option for the state government to increase the tax exemption limit to Rs 20 lakh per annum, but the Congress government here maintained it at Rs 10 lakh. If the BJP comes to power, we will hike it to Rs 20 lakh to offer relief to traders here.

Himachal Pradesh an uphill contest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Snowfall has been delayed this year in Shimla by over a month. But what is keeping Himachal Pradesh’s capital city warm is a flurry of activities, both on the roads and in the skies, in a tightly-contested electoral wrestle. Helicopters are whizzing from one constituency to another, ferrying a crowd of political bigwigs, trying to pack in as many poll meetings as possible. Campaigning ends on November 7, two days before the state votes to elect its new Assembly and Chief Minister. There is a scramble to woo voters with rich promises — jobs to all households, tablets and Internet to students, interest-free loans to farmers, helplines to women, and pensions to the aged.At the centrally-located Rajiv Bhawan, leaders of the ruling Congress convene during the day for the odd press conference. A stone’s throw away, in a five-star hotel on the Mall road, BJP workers are busy making strategies. The traditional rivals have locked horns in all 68 constituencies. Amid all this, a small car makes its way through the winding roads every morning as the centuries-old picturesque town wakes up to its daily bustle. A young man spends the entire day, using a loudspeaker, fitted atop the car, to seek votes for the local CPM candidate.In the poll-bound Himalayan state, the contest is on the twin poll planks of corruption and development. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is mired in a disproportionate assets case. But his contender from the BJP, former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, is also battling the party’s decision to field more than two dozen candidates with criminal cases.Poll movesTill the 1967 Assembly elections, the Congress had a monopoly here. After the merger of some of Punjab’s hill areas with Himachal in November 1966, the Congress could win only 34 out of the 60 seats the next year. A post-Emergency Janata wave demolished the Congress in 1977. But, since 1985, the Congress and the BJP have been returning to power alternately. The BJP is banking on the trend, among other elements, to stage a comeback. But a gamble by the party’s top brass to run the campaign riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity may not have paid off too well. The party decided to cash in on Modi’s tenure as in-charge of the state for six years, including 1998 when the BJP came to power with Dhumal at the helm for the first time.Surveys within the party and among voters pointed that the popular vote was with Dhumal. Union Health Minister JP Nadda seemed to have the approval of the top brass to lead the campaign. The tilting of the dominant Rajput vote, which constitutes 38 per cent of the state’s population, towards Virbhadra Singh led to a last-minute meeting of BJP chief Amit Shah with senior leaders to declare Dhumal as the CM candidate.The Congress, too, had its problems. CM Virbhadra and party president Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu were at loggerheads over ticket distribution. Virbhadra’s demands that he be made the campaign chief and his son be given a ticket from his home turf Shimla (Rural) were finally conceded by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi once it was clear that the septuagenarian CM had the electoral pull. Reality & rhetoricPotshots are hurled on either side faster than a scribe’s blink. Voters say that the real issues have made way for the rhetoric. Himachal Pradesh is reeling under a debt of over Rs 27,910 crore as per a Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India report released this April. The public debt has steadily risen over the last few years — from Rs 19,511 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 27,910 crore in 2015-16. The state needs to pay back 62 per cent of this debt in the next seven years.Yet, neither the Congress manifesto nor the BJP’s vision document has a viable solution to offer. The Congress makes no mention of the debt. The BJP says that an advisory committee will be formed under the CM’s office to help him bring down the debt. Dhumal told DNA that while there’s “not much scope” at this point to steer the state from the debt, the BJP plans to generate an annual income of Rs 600 crore through hydel projects, and create 70,000 jobs to boost the state’s economy.Harnessing power As far as hydel projects go, environmental disasters and displacement of local people in their wake have hounded the government for a long time. Right in time for the elections, CM Virbhadra Singh announced that the state has the potential for 27,436 MW of power, and that it is currently harnessing only 10,351 MW. He announced that approval for over 167 projects in the next four years has been granted. With days left for the elections, he inaugurated two of them. The CM said that during his tenure, 31 projects harnessing 2,067 MW of power were commissioned that led to a revenue of Rs 3,345 crore. But, in 1993, when he was at the helm, Virbhadra announced that harnessing hydroelectricity potential will make Himachal India’s richest state — a target he was to achieve by 2010. But without a policy in place, deadlines were not met. A strong community opposition to displacement also stalled projects. While being silent on environmental degradation and displacement, Dhumal said that during his tenures, he decreased royalty to constructors to meet deadlines. “To check the delay of these projects, I announced that for every year they save on deadlines, I will waive off a per cent from the 12 per cent royalty the government charges,” he said.GST & DeMoCongress leader Anand Sharma said that the “hasty implementation” of the GST has taken away over 31 per cent of the jobs in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sector. “It has been three years since PM Modi said that an import duty will be levied on apples, he hasn’t done anything yet,” he said. On the other hand, Dhumal said that the GST will help the GDP expand by as much as 1.5 to 2 per cent. Despite these claims, voters across the hills and valleys of the state have been vocal about the effects of demonetization and GST, and any discussion on the upcoming elections has been incomplete without them.Female voters At 49 per cent, the number of female voters in the state is one of the highest, and in over 12 constituencies, women outnumber men. This includes all five constituencies in Dhumal’s turf Hamirpur. In the 2012 manifesto, the BJP promised each family an induction cooker to woo female voters. Yet now, after the gruesome gangrape and murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai, and the botched up investigation that followed, women are demanding specifics, making safety a formidable poll issue. The BJP has promised a ‘Gudiya’ fund, on the lines of the Nirbhaya Fund — announced by the Centre in 2013 after massive protests against the 2012 gangrape and murder of a paramedical student in Delhi. The BJP has also promised a 24/7 helpline, apart from a safety app and a women’s police force. The Congress, on its part, has also promised a helpline and a safety app. Both parties are, however, silent on the intermittent network connectivity in rural areas. The BJP has been mounting pressure on the Congress since the CM’s Facebook page published the names of six men from influential families, and then took it down to say that six Nepali labourers were guilty of the crime.Every prominent BJP leader had made it a point to rake up the issue in poll meetings. Sharma said that the BJP has unduly exploited the issue. “Law and order in Himachal fares better than other states, and the crime statistics will prove that. On one hand, Modi calls Himachal Pradesh a ‘dev bhoomi’, and on the other, UP CM Yogi Adityanath is talking about law and order here despite his state’s notoriety for crime cases,” said Sharma. He pointed out to the Centre’s Nirbhaya Fund is lying unused.The BJP has fielded six female candidates, while the Congress has given tickets to three women, including Rajya Sabha member Viplov Thakur who is contesting from Dehra. In all, 19 female candidates are in the fray. There are a total of 338 candidates in the fray including 16 from the CPM and over 180 independents and a dozen Congress rebels. With the poll date, November 9, inching closer, the average Himachali voter has a plethora of poll promises to wade through to have the real issues addressed. Its effectiveness will be known on November 18 when the results are announced.

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