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Demonetisation, GST broke textile hub Surat’s legs: Rahul Gandhi

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Gandhinagar, Nov 8: Lashing out at the BJP-led central government, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said demonetisation and the GST rollout have “broken the legs” of Surat, as he observed a “black day” in the textile and of country’s diamond hub. 

The Gandhi scion met industry representatives and workers at Nirman Industries’ loom factory in Katargam industrial development area after he landed in Surat city.

The Congress vice president will be in Gujarat for three days, and this  is the third phase of his visit to the state which will go for assembly elections on December 9 and 14.

“There was an attack on India’s economy one year back,” Rahul Gandhi stated.

“During the interaction with Surat’s people I was told that demonetisation and then GST have broken Surat’s legs. The industry was finished by the twin blows not only here, but in the entire country,” he asserted.

Addressing media, the Congress lead stated, ” the people told him that they are being threatened. But truth cannot be suppressed, it will come out”.

“This is the place which can compete with China. Jobs will either come to India or China. But instead of helping them, the government has destroyed people’s strength.”

On the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout by Modi led  government, Gandhi said “We had requested Narendra Modiji and Arun Jaitleyji not to implement the GST in the way they wanted to.”

“This is not a political thing, this is not between the Congress and the BJP. This is about India’s competitiveness, we have to compete with China. You please do not demolish our industries and businesses. But they said that we are going to implement it at 12 midnight,” he added.

“The media was asking us, why we are not allowing GST to be implemented — because we wanted to save Surat and the country,” he stated.

“GST means one nation, one tax. But this GST by Modiji, which has five slabs will not work. We had said that maximum cap on taxes should be 18 per cent but they did not listened to us,” Rahul Gandhi said.

In an article in the Financial Times newspaper, the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “democratically elected autocrat”.

He stated while the Prime Minister had “claimed” the demonetisation decision taken on November 8 last year was aimed at curbing corruption, but “Twelve months on the only thing he has wiped out is confidence in our once booming economy”.

“Demonetisation has wiped out 2 per cent of India’s gross domestic product, destroyed the informal labour sector and has wiped out many small and medium businesses. It has ruined the lives of millions of hard working Indians. The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy has calculated that over 1.5 million people lost their jobs in the first four months of 2017 due to demonetisation,” he asserted.

Gandhi also called the GST a “hastily imposed and poorly conceptualised” step and said that it created a modern day licence raj.

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Will block other Delhi roads if laws not scrapped, farmers say

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New Delhi: Will block other roads of Delhi if govt does not withdraw new three farm laws, say leaders of protesting farmers at press conference.

If govt does not fulfil our demands, we will have to take more steps, says farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadoni (PTI)

Chilla border on Noida link road has been closed for traffic, Delhi police said on Wednesday. Amid the ongoing farmers protests, the Congress on Wednesday asked the Centre to convene the Winter Session of Parliament. This comes a day after the talks remained inconclusive. Next round of talks will be held tomorrow.

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Farmers’ Income Has Halved, That Of Govt’s Friends Risen: Rahul Takes Dig At Centre

Congress leader seeks scrapping of the three ‘black’ farm laws, asks Centre not to befool farmers with rhetoric.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday attacked the Centre over its claim of doubling farmers’ income and alleged that their income has in fact “halved” under the “suit-boot” government, while that of its crony friends has grown four times.

He also demanded that the government abolishes the three “black” farm laws which are against farmers and farm labourers and asked it not to befool them with rhetoric.

No immediate response was available from the government.

Gandhi’s remarks come at a time when farmers from Punjab and Haryana are protesting at the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders of the national capital against the Centre’s new agriculture reform laws.

“They (government) said farmers’ income will be doubled. What they did was increase the income of (their) ‘friends’ four times and halved that of farmers. This is a government of suit-boot, lies and loot,” the Congress leader said in a tweet in Hindi.

Gandhi also shared a video showing police using water cannons and firing tear gas shells during protests by farmers with a speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi playing in the background wherein he says his government is taking steps to resolve the problems faced by farmers and double their income.

“Modi government, stop giving ‘jumlas’ (rhetoric) to farmers, stop the dishonesty and atrocities, stop giving them the falsehood of talks, (and) abolish all three black laws which are against farmers and labourers,” Gandhi said in another tweet.

The Congress has been attacking the government over the use of force against the protesting farmers, and urged the dispensation to withdraw the new farm laws and redress the grievances of the protesters.

Farmer unions say the three new laws will lead to the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving farmers at the mercy of corporate houses.

But the government says the MSP system will continue and the new laws will give farmers more options to sell their crop.

Farm leaders met Union ministers on Tuesday, but the two sides failed to break the deadlock. The next round of talks is scheduled to be.

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Congress MP Manish Tewari urges govt to urgently convene winter session of Parliament

The Congress leader, who is also a member of the Parliament Committee on Defence has raised the issue of Chinese Encroachment on Indian Land up to 1000 kilometers.

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New Delhi, December 2: Former Union Minister and Congress MP Manish Tewari on Wednesday urged the Central Government to convene the winter session of Parliament as soon as possible to resolve the issues of farmers and to deliberate on matters of Chinese incursion, and rising COVID-19 cases in the country. 

Taking to Twitter, Manish Tewari said, “Farmers have besieged Delhi, Economy is officially in recession, Chinese continues to encroach upon over 1000 square kilometres of our land, COVID cases are at 95 lakhs with 1.38 lakhs dead in 8 months. GOVT NEEDS TO CONVENE THE WINTER SESSION OF PARLIAMENT ASAP WITHOUT DELAY.”

Sources in the government stated that currently, deliberations are on the decision to not hold the winter session.

Whether to club the winter session and budget session or to just to hold the budget session directly next year is also under consideration, sources added.

Farmers From Punjab, Haryana, Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have been agitating against the recently passed farm laws at the borders of the national capital with the ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest march.

In light of this, Union Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar held a meeting with representatives of Farmer’s Organisations on Tuesday. Talks, however, remained inconclusive.

The Congress leader, who is also a member of the Parliament Committee on Defence has raised the issue of Chinese Encroachment on Indian Land up to 1000 kilometers.

The argument, to not hold the winter session this year has been given due to a rise in the number of cases. 

The sources claim that the next Parliament session, budget session, is likely to be called at the end of January 2021.

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