File photo: Shashi Tharoor. Photograph:( WION )
Congress leader and former Union minister Shashi Tharoor attacked the BJP government on GST by saying that the ruling dispensation ''took our concept of a sleek horse and turned it into an ungainly camel''.
''I stand by GST as a good idea needed to create "one nation one tax". But BJP Govt took our concept of a sleek horse &turned it into an ungainly camel. In the process, many SMEs have closed &thousands of jobs lost. Instead of #MakeInIndia we have #UnmadeInIndia.'' he tweeted.
I stand by GST as a good idea needed to create "one nation one tax". But BJP Govt took our concept of a sleek horse &turned it into an ungainly camel. In the process many SMEs have closed &thousands of jobs lost. Instead of #MakeInIndia we have #UnmadeInIndia. https://t.co/d4RqIlttPk— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) February 25, 2018
Tharoor's response comes following a tweet by Mohandas Pai, who tweeted ''What a joke. Why is @ShashiTharoor favouring people who evade taxes and deal mainly in cash? Instead of standing up for taxpayers supports cash-based tax evaders. Shocking.''
Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said the "botched" implementation of the Goods and Services Tax has created a "Frankenstein monster" in the bureaucracy where every small firm has to fill in several forms. "We had one nation, one tax model. We did not have any idea that BJP will come with six different rates," he told reporters here.
Noting that the entrepreneurial spirit in the country was "severely eroded" due to GST and demonetisation, he said, instead of facilitating Start-Up India, the report from Tiruppur shows that central government policies "undermine" the spirit of entrepreneurship.
"This is a great disappointment. We are not judging the government by our yardsticks. We are judging the government by what they claim and what they are trying to do," the MP said. "They have failed in terms of their own goals. Their slogans and empty speeches have never looked more hollow when you look at this report from Tiruppur", he said.
Modi-led NDA government has often been criticised after it dealt a twin blow to the Indian economy by announcing invalidation of high-value currency notes and hurried implementation of GST. The moves resulted in thousands job loss, especially in SMEs and put the brakes on GDP growth rates.