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Yashwant Sinha calls for removal of Finance Minister Jaitley

Patna: Veteran leader Yashwant Sinha today launched a fresh attack on the government, saying Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had not applied his mind while rolling out GST and should be removed from his post.

Sinha, who served as finance minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, said demonetisation has not achieved its goal of flushing black money out of the system.

He also charged the current regime with resorting to lies on the note and the new regime.

“The finance minister did not apply his mind while rolling out the Goods and Services and that’s why he is tinkering with GST everyday…,” Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by former Bihar Uday Narayan Choudhary on reservation.

Jaitley, he added, has made a mess of GST.

“The prime minister should bring a new finance minister.I am saying this with full responsibility,” Sinha said.

The former Union minister’s comment came on a day the GST Council chaired by Jaitley met in Guwahati to lower the rate on many household items — from the top 28 per cent slab to 18 per cent.

“Now the government is saying that out of 227 items, rates will be brought down from 28 to 18 per cent on around 200 items,” Sinha said.

He asked whether the reduction would lead to a decline in revenue collections.

“The current structure of GST is a faulty one and that’s why the government is making amendments everyday,” Sinha alleged.

In his view, “tinkering” with the GST will not serve the purpose, what is needed is a complete overhaul.

Sinha has suggested that a committee be formed under economist Vijay Kelkar, who had earlier headed a committee on GST, for advising the government on effective and efficient implementation of the tax.

Both demonetisation and GST have brought down the pace of the economy, he said.

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