• Notification Date: 14-11-2023
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GST, Demonetisation caused Problems to Small Traders: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday said GST and demonetisation had severely distressed small traders and other citizens and urged them to raise their awareness levels about her party’s promises and their implementation before voting in the upcoming Assembly polls. Addressing a rally in Kukshi town in tribal-dominated Dhar in Madhya Pradesh, where Assembly polls will be held on November 17, she slammed the Narenda Modi government for its economic policies, including privatisation of state-run units to benefit industrialists. “GST is applicable on everything because of which small traders face a lot of problems. It has resulted in high inflation and unemployment. People have to pay GST on everything, even on small things during festivals, which results in inflation,” she claimed. 

Attacking the Centre, Gandhi alleged public sector firms were being given to industrialists free of cost, be it BHEL (power sector major Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited), railways, airports, ports etc, which was causing unemployment in the country. Gandhi said the government had reduced the prices of LPG cylinders due to upcoming Assembly polls, and asked why they could not do it earlier despite being in power for the last 18 years. The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government made more than 22,000 announcements during its long rule, but have they fulfilled even 22 of them, she asked. Gandhi asked people to raise their awareness levels before voting and see for themselves whether Congress governments in other states had implemented poll guarantees like providing Rs 1,500 per month to women, cylinders at Rs 500 and resumption of the Old Pension Scheme.