People are waiting for elections to pull BJP out of power
By Rajesh Ahuja
Senior Congress leader and Media Incharge of All India Congress Committee Randeep Singh Surjewala on Saturday asserted that the BJP government had failed the people of Haryana and the country.
“They are so annoyed and angry with the BJP and are desperately waiting for the elections to oust the party from power”, he thundered while addressing the well-attended ‘Vyapar Bachao, Dukandaar Bachao, Kheti Bachao Sammelan’ (traders meeting) here.
Nearly a dozen former Ministers and MLAs, Haryana Congress office- bearers and other leaders, and farmer activists were among thousands of people attending the protest rally under the aegis of ‘Haq Maango Abhiyan’. The protest meeting was organised by Haryana Krishak Samaj and Haryana Kisan Khet Majdoor Congress.
Mr. Surjewala, a sitting Haryana MLA, said that the BJP regime had completed three years of governance but no section of society was satisfied with the “performance”. All the sections including students, youth, farmers, labourers, shopkeepers, traders, poorer &
He further charged that the saffron party had failed to fulfil the big promises made before the polls and now all sections including students, youth, farmers, labourers, shopkeepers, traders, poor and unprivileged were feeling disillusioned.
Mr. Surjewala alleged that the present GST system had been brought to serve the interests of multi-national companies(MNC). Common traders are a harried lot as they do not keep the army of accountants on the pattern of MNCs, he added. Common people are also facing the same problem as the government has implemented the GST in a hurried manner.
The Congress leader further said that the GST proposed by the previous Congress government was entirely different than the present GST. He said that UPA’s GST was simple and pro-people in which maximum tax slab was 18 percent whereas the present GST was complicated and anti-people.The situation is so bad that even after completion of one month, the traders and shopkeepers are unaware and confused about the new GST system.
Referring to the ill-effects of GST on the day to day life of the common man, Mr. Surjewala said that while defining the tax rates of GST, the government did not contemplate or consider the impact of high GST rates on the common man. He questioned the BJP’s motivation for putting heavy taxes on ‘Roti, Kapda Aur Makan’ and charged that various items like clothes, footwear, houses, food, old vehicles had become costlier.
The tax would be levied on charitable institutions like hospitals, schools, colleges and so on because almost all of them have rental income, he added. The purchase and sale of old vehicles have become expensive as any trader registered under GST will have to pay a heavy tax of 43 percent on the sale of the old vehicle, whose burden would ultimately fall on the common man. Similarly, tax on rent has gone up to 18 percent and if any person living in Haryana gets any rental income on his property in Delhi, Chandigarh, Punjab or any other state, then he is not only obliged to pay under GST but will have to file 37 returns in a year.
Referring to the anti-farmer steps of the BJP, Mr. Surjewala said that the farmers were not being passed on the benefit of the reduction in the international prices of fertilizers. He said that compared to the year 2014, the international prices of DAP, Potash and Urea had come down by almost 50 per cent now. So, the market price of Urea, DAP and Potash should have been reduced to half but that had not happened in Modi Government. He said that five per cent GST has been imposed on fertilizers, 18 per cent on pesticides, 12 per cent on tractors and farming equipment and 28 per cent on tractor tyres and engine.
Those present included former Minister Bachan Singh Arya, former MLAs–Ramesh Gupta, Phool Singh Balmiki, Radhey Shyam Sharma and Pawan Diwan, Congress leader Virender Shah, PCC General Secretaries–Virender Rathore, Sanjay Chhokar, Suresh Yunushpur, Nahar Singh Sandhu, Ramesh Chaudhary. President of State Mahila Congress Sumitra Chauhan, President of Haryana Kisan-Khet Mazdoor Congress Bhupinder Singh Phogat and President of Haryana Krishak Samaj Ishwar Singh Nain.