Excise Levy an Assassination Attempt on Jewellers: Rahul
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