Battleground Gujarat: GST, new generation reforms come under scanner
Ahmedabad, Dec 7 (UNI) In the run-up to the do-or-die battle for power in the western state of Gujarat, a common theme running through the election campaign agenda has been the economic reforms vis-a-vis Goods and Services Tax, originally piloted during Dr Manmohan Singh regime.
However, keen to leverage the discontent among trading community - in a state also popularly known as a traders' paradise, the Congress seemed to have changed sides with the now ruling BJP.
The Congress, which originally initiated economic reforms in 1991 under P V Narasimha Rao and moves like rollout of GST during UPA-I in 2004-05 – very often seem to have taken an anti-GST position – though Congress leaders would not call their political opposition to BJP's implementation of the GST as ‘anti-reform’.
The BJP - on the other hand - is claiming that the GST is a much-needed reform strategy and would yield dividends to the country's economy in the long run.
"The problems we see in GST implementation are teething problems of transitional phase.