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The Congress on Tuesday slammed Bhartiya Janata Parti national chief Amit Shah over his statement in his speech at Rajya Sabha on Pakoda sellers.
“It is so disgraceful to learn that the unemployed youth of our country, who are extremely talented and decently educated are being asked to sell pakodas by our ruling party,” Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan said.
“No one has gone to such depth in making this despicable and disgraceful remark,” he further added.
Ranjan also hit out at Shah's statement that the GST was brought after all parties' consensus.
"The fact that he has to give a justification is proof enough that he realizes he made a mistake. GST was Congress' proposal but we wanted to implement 14.5 percent and BJP took it to 28 percent. With the labour cost added, it increases to as high as 46 percent," he said.
Congress leader Nasir Hussain also criticised Shah for including "vendors as jobs creation by their government."
"Post GST and demonetisation, the employment has come down, so now they feel that even selling pakodas, rolling bidis, rolling incense sticks," Hussain added.
Terming the GST a scheme to loot people, Hussain further said, "People of this country have realized what demonetisation and GST have done to them. This is why they (BJP) had come very close to getting defeated in Gujarat and they lost all the by-elections from Rajasthan to West Bengal."
In his maiden speech at the Upper House on Monday, Shah hit back at former finance minister and Congress leader P. Chidambaram for comparing pakora seller to a beggar, and said it was better to sell 'pakodas' than stay unemployed.
In defence of the GST launched by the NDA government, Shah stated that the taxation system was implemented after everyone's consensus.
(With agency inputs)