Rahul Gandhi: Intent Of GST – Empty Pockets Of The Poor, Fill Coffers Of The Wealthy Friends

The 51st day of the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra commenced with a resounding roadshow led by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh. The yatra drew a massive crowd encompassing children, youth, women, and the elderly, eagerly anticipating the Congress leader’s glimpse. The air was filled with chants of ‘Rahul Gandhi Zindabad.’ Rahul Gandhi addressed the enthusiastic audience post-roadshow, shedding light on the Congress Party’s Paanch Nyay principles.

Rahul Gandhi articulated, ‘How does Arthik and Samajik Anyay occur? The affluent don’t bear the brunt of injustice. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is India’s financial backbone. Both Ambani and the common citizen pay the same GST for their purchases. GST is designed so that the more affluent one is, the more they benefit, and the poorer one is, the more they suffer. This is what we term Regressive Taxation. Almost 90% of the underprivileged, including Dalits, Adivasis, the Economically disadvantaged, and the general populace, bear the burden of GST.’

He continued his critique, questioning the Modi government’s priorities regarding unemployment, inflation, and corruption. Rahul Gandhi questioned the media’s preoccupation with events like Ambani’s son’s wedding while overlooking the struggles of Farmers, Dalits, Tribals, and the majority of the population.

Rebuking the Modi government again, Rahul Gandhi declared, ‘Narendra Modi chants ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai.’ Bharat Mata’s 75% comprises the poor, Dalits, and the backward, but they remain unseen. Why? Because the paths they once had are now closed. Modi closed avenues like jobs in public sector companies and joining the army. He privatized public sector units, handed over schools and hospitals to private entities, and leaked exam papers. This anyay is happening with you. Your land will be taken away, you will remain unemployed, and your children will be occupied on Instagram while Adani’s son counts money. This will happen.’

Proposing a solution to the country’s predicaments, Rahul Gandhi advocated for a caste census. He stressed the significance of understanding the population of Dalits, Adivasis, and backward classes through a caste census coupled with an economic survey to assess everyone’s financial standing. He emphasized that only with this information can justice be realized for 90% of the population.

Addressing inquiries about the Congress Party’s ideology, Rahul Gandhi stated, ‘People ask, what is the ideology of the Congress Party? Our mission is to eradicate hatred, give employment, and eliminate Anyay.’

Following this address in Biaora, Rahul Gandhi convened a meeting with the local farmers. Engaging in discussions on Khat Par Charcha, the farmers candidly shared their challenges with the Congress leader:

  • Despite maintaining bank accounts and depositing funds, the farmers expressed difficulty comprehending their passbooks, which are in English.
  • Similar to the 2008 Manmohan Singh government, the farmers sought debt relief.
  • Farmers highlighted the misconception among the public that they are exempt from taxes, contrasting with the reality that they receive no tax concessions in the markets.
  • The absence of food processing or storage facilities poses significant challenges for farmers.
  • Farmers find themselves most impacted by the government’s import-export policies.
  • The funds received through PM Fasal Beema Yojna often do not reach the farmers, being skimmed by government officials at the state and central levels.

Moved by the farmers’ struggles, Rahul Gandhi pledged comprehensive assistance. He conveyed, ‘If our government assumes office, our foremost endeavor will be to empower farmers to encourage their sons to embrace agriculture after a decade. We are attuned to the sentiments of the people, trusting them to articulate their concerns; that is why we have propagators akin to those in the RSS. The Congress party is steadfast in ensuring MSP for farmers. While the BJP deems it impossible, Congress is committed to transforming the improbable into reality. If industrialists’ debts can be forgiven, why not those of the farmers?’

After the discourse on the Khat Par Charcha, the Congress leader and the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra proceeded towards the camp for the night’s repose.

Following this address, the yatra continued towards Guna, with thousands rallying behind Rahul Gandhi and the Nyay Yatra, challenging the complacency of the BJP. In Guna, people eagerly awaited Rahul Gandhi’s speech, where he once again criticized the unethical policies of the central government, emphasizing that 90% of the country’s population contributes to GST, benefiting only a handful of industrialists.

After a lunch break in Raghogarh, the yatra recommenced. Rahul Gandhi addressed the public once more, underscoring how Modi waived off Rs 16 lakh crore debt for industrialists while it cost only Rs 65,000 crore to run the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) for a year. He stressed the need for a caste census to bridge the socioeconomic gap. Rahul Gandhi concluded, ‘The Congress Party fights for justice. We fought for freedom, the green revolution, the white revolution, introduced the computer revolution, and now we are going to fight for the caste census. We will not stop until there is an X-ray and MRI of India, and we urge you to support us in this endeavor.’

“Any individual in the country who feels subjected to injustice, experiencing any form of unfair treatment, holds the potential to transform into a Nyay Yoddha. If you harbour the aspiration to become a Nyay Yoddha, give a missed call at 9891802024.”

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