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RSS does not want government to pass GST bill: Congress

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Randdeep Surjewala

New Delhi, April 29 : The Congress on Friday asserted that the RSS does not want the government to push the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill for passage in parliament. The party said it will support the key legislation if the Narendra Modi government agrees to its two “principal demands”.

“We have been saying that let’s pass GST. But because RSS has red flagged GST, the government will not like to pass GST and they will only blame us,” party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said to reporters at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club here.

He said the party has two amendments to the bill and if the government accepts them Congress will support the bill.

“What is Congress party saying on GST. Let us put an outer cap of 18 percent on it. Already there is 15 percent service tax in India, 35 to 40 percent income tax, and you (government) want to impose GST. By all means please do, but please put an outer constitutional cap,” he said explaining that the ‘proposed cap’ will reduce the reckless multiplicity of taxes.

“Can we impose the kind of tax on the people of this country that will break their back and drive them to a situation where it will lead to social unrest? The answer is no, and that is our responsibility,” Surjewala added.

Explaining the party’s stand on the issue, Surjewala said the Congress wants the government to appoint a third party to arbitrate on the GST issues.

“In another demand, Congress party says let there be a third party arbitrator to decide on disputes relating to GST but Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, (Finance Minister) Mr. Jaitley and their government wants the GST council to settle the disputes,” he said, adding that there should be a neutral judge in case of a dispute between two parties.

Surjewala said the government will not accept these “legitimate demands as RSS does not want it to pass the bill”. He said that small scale and medium traders which make up the majority of the RSS support base believe they will get adversely affected by passage of the GST bill.

He also accused the Modi government of being “non-serious” in projecting the country on a growth path.

“Growth comes on account of sincerity and functioning of the government; its policies and their implementation on the ground. Congress party is contributing to key pieces of legislation which the BJP opposed when they were out of power,” Surjewala said asserting that the Congress has helped in the passage of “hundreds of key legislation” as a “constructive opposition”.

The Congress’s reaction has come in the backdrop of speculation that the government may try to bring in the key GST bill for passage in the ongoing Parliament session.

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Delhi distributes food at over 800 locations to 4 lakh people: Kejriwal

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New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged the migrants to stay back in the city during the lockdown and said his government is serving lunch and dinner to over four lakh people at more than 800 locations.

Speaking to the media through a digital press conference, he said the government has operationalised 568 Hunger Relief Centres in schools, apart from 238 night shelters.

“We have the capacity to feed lunch and dinner to approximately 4 lakh persons daily,” Kejriwal said. He also said that apart from this, mobile vans are also deployed to arrange food for those who cannot reach the locations.

“Although there is some issue, I am expecting that these will be streamlined in a day or so.”

Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs and party workers are reaching out to the migrants, and have been successful to stop a number of migrants.

“Lockdown should be implemented seriously. If we keep moving, the purpose of lockdown will be wasted. I urged the migrants at the border to come back to Delhi. We even opened night shelters in some of the schools around the border areas,” Kejriwal said.

He also said that the ration from April in around 1,000 ration shops has reached and will soon be distributed.

“Coronavirus is spreading very fast. In the countries which we thought were highly developed are facing a serious crisis. We should learn from different nations.”

The nationwide lockdown has started from Tuesday midnight, following which migrant labourers have started moving to their homes in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha.

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Arrange for students’ food and transport, NSUI tells DU

DUSU Secretary Ashish Lamba, who is from the NSUI, has already written a letter to Dean, Students’ Welfare in this regard.

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New Delhi, March 28 : The National Students Union of India on Friday wrote to the Delhi University demanding proper arrangement of meals and sanitation for varsity students living in hostels or in rented accommodation.

The Congress’ student wing has also demanded that the varsity administration must also arrange for transportation facility for the students stuck in national capital away from their hometowns.

“Delhi University students living in PGs are also responsibility of Delhi University. These are tough times and the authorities cannot ignore the students living from the outside Delhi in the delhi university hostels, they still are college’s responsibilities,” NSUI wrote.

DUSU Secretary Ashish Lamba, who is from the NSUI, has already written a letter to Dean, Students’ Welfare in this regard.

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Social media a tool for young leaders amid lockdown

The BJP leaders are also posting videos of their hidden talent. Shahnawaz Hussain posted a video of his singing on bollywood numbers, While Kailash Vijayvargiya cooked at home.

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New Delhi, March 27 : As the country is going through an unprecedented 21-day lockdown, it is the social media which is emerging as a tool for communication. The young political leaders are connecting on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook with the masses while maintaining social distancing which is mandatory to ward off coronavirus.

They are expressing their views and are posting videos doing househld chores and moreover developing new habits and getting rid of bad ones in the wake of the lockdown.

Former Mumbai Congress President Milind Deora is writing on the social media to express his views about the lockdown. Reacting on the government’s measures on Friday, he wrote, “Only a prolonged nationwide shutdown coupled with targeted testing can prevent COVID-19’s exponential growth. @BillGates makes an important point in the US context. India has taken the 1st in a series of major steps, but may still have a long way to go.”

Similar is the case with Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill who is posting his videos on how to cook while living in Jalandhar and giving his opinion through Twitter.

Shergill wrote, “Govt #COVID2019 Economic Package is case of “Oonth Ke Muu Me Jeera-Too Less for the Ones Who Need More” as:

  1. $22.5 bn not enough for 135 Cr population (Singapore 58 Lac-Grant $33 bn)
  2. 44Cr+ informal labour force left out
  3. Extend EMI Moratorium to farmers.”

Congress Chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala is also sending his video through social media whole reacting on the Covid-19. He lashed out at the Haryana Government for allowing liqour shops to open. However, his attack led to the closure of these shops.

Jitin Prasada, who is in self quarantine in Shahjahanpur after attending the party where bollywood singer Kanika kapoor was present, wrote that the government should ensure payment to the sugarcane farmers.

It is not only the Congress leaders who are interacting with the masses through social media. RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav requested all chief ministers to take care of migrant workers which got prompt reply from Aaditya Thackeray, a minister in Maharashtra government and son of chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The BJP leaders are also posting videos of their hidden talent. Shahnawaz Hussain posted a video of his singing on bollywood numbers, While Kailash Vijayvargiya cooked at home.

Robert Vadra, husband of Priyanka Gandhi, is tweeting and writing on Facebook how to beat the lockdown. Even Priyanka Gandhi posted video on how to wash hands to check the spread of the virus.

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