New Delhi, Oct 7: Taking a jibe at the central government, Rebel Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav on Saturday said amendments in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) were just an “eye wash” because the public is out to criticise the centre’s policies.
Yadav also said that the 2019 general election would be fought on the “economic issue” as the country is facing major crisis.
While addressing a press conference rebel JD-U said “The amendments in the GST announced by the Finance Ministry on Friday are meant just to divert the attention of the people from the real issues”.
Due to hastily roll out of the GST and demonetisation over three to five crore people of the country have lost their jobs in different sectore, he added.
“After demonetisation and GST, production of industries, sale and purchase by traders and other businesses have been reduced to the extent from 20 to 80 per cent,” Yadav said, adding that the most affected sector has been the real estate sector because the number of labourers have returned back to their villages.
Hitting out at the government over new return rules and norms, the rebel JD-U leader, noting that the government has announced that now the traders will have to file their returns quarterly instead of monthly, asked: “Has the entire country become computer friendly? Is power is available for 24 hours everywhere?”
“This government is only doing a patch up work and soon we shall take a big step against it”, he further added.
Speaking on the National Green Tribunal’s (NGT) order to move the Delhi’s designated protest site from Jantar Mantar to Ramlila Maidan, Yadav called it unjust and urged it to withdraw its order.
The rebel JD-U leader announced that a national council meeting of the party has called a meeting on Sunday, where the party’s state presidents would participate.