A STAGGERING COINCIDENCE
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?