Mysuru, August 23:- Union Finance Minister Nirmala Seetharaman has brushed aside the allegations that the BJP was misusing its power to get former finance minister P Chidambaram arrested on bribery charges. “Allegations made by the Congress are baseless and far from the truth,” she said here on Thursday while speaking to media.
“Congress which ruled the country for decades might have misused power. This is not vendetta politics by Bharatiya Janata Party. There should be faith in judiciary. It is not right to make allegations against a national party. It is the right of Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) to seek information. Congress, being a national party, has not behaved rightfully. Congress needs to self-introspect,” she said.
“There won’t be any face to face discussion between tax officers and industrialists. After Vijayadashami, everything related to tax will be discussed on digital forum. After Gujarat and Varanasi, the national level meeting was held in Mysuru,” she said.
“Income Tax Department will be further strengthened. We are thinking of reducing Good and Services Tax (GST) on several goods and services. I have visited flood-affected areas and send a report to the central government. They will also consider my report but it won’t be the final one. A committee from the central government will also visit and they will announce the compensation. Global economy is downward but position in India is under control. The Indian economy is strong,” the finance minister added. (MR/KS)