Business Standard

A STAGGERING COINCIDENC­E

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On November 11, Congress leader P Chidambara­m tweeted “ThankYou Gujarat” after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a big overhaul in GST rates on November 10. Hinting thatthe Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) government­had timed the reviewwith an eye on nextmonth’s election in Gujarat, where small traders are upsetover the newtax, Chidambara­m said: "Your( Gujarat) elections did what Parliament and common sense could not do.” After a GST Council meeting , Jaitleysai­d only50 items would remain in the highesttax­slab of28%. Consider some ofthe specific items. For instance, nowhere in the countryis khakra produced and consumed on the scale itis in Gujarat. So, was the GST tweakdone with an eye to the Gujaratpol­l?

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