Ex­cise Levy an As­sas­si­na­tion At­tempt on Jewellers: Rahul

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Mum­bai: Congress vice- pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Tues­day claimed that small traders and work­ers were be­ing ‘as­sas­si­nated’ by the Cen­tre with the im­po­si­tion of 1% ex­cise duty on non-sil­ver jew­ellery.

Rahul was ad­dress­ing jew­ellery work­ers at Zaveri Bazaar in South Mum­bai at the end of his two-day visit to Ma­ha­rash­tra. “This is not only about levy­ing ex­cise duty but an as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt on small traders and work­ers. It is an at­tempt to kill you,” he said. He also claimed that this was be­ing done at the be­hest of a few big cor­po­rates who wanted to take over the jew­ellery busi­ness. “You are seven crore peo­ple. How­ever, you are not big busi­ness­men with .₹ 10-15 crore. Hence, the gov­ern­ment thinks that they can crush you,” said the Congress leader.

Rahul said the gov­ern­ment is op­press­ing the weaker sec­tions and as­sured that his party would be rais­ing this is­sue in Par­lia­ment. “Big five-six cor­po­rates and the gov­ern­ment to­gether sought to snatch away farm­ers’ land, but the Congress stood with the farm­ers. The gov­ern­ment back­tracked then. Three times the gov­ern­ment wanted to en­act the Land Bill, but the farm­ers and the Congress didn’t let that hap­pen,” he said. — Our Po­lit­i­cal Bu­reau

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