Prime News, National (New Delhi), November 30:- Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien says that Gujarat assembly elections should not be seen as a referendum on the impelementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
O’Brien, the national spokesperson of Trinamool Congress and its leader in the Rajya Sabha, also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was playing to “Gujarati pride” in next month’s Gujarat assembly poll and not focusing on development.
“Why should any election be a referendum? This is the home player playing in his home state. ‘I am one of you, how can you insult me’ – so now you are playing to Gujarati pride. Come and play on development, come and answer question on jobs, under-performance, demonetisation, GST and economy, O’Brien told IANS in an interview.
He was asked if the assembly poll in Gujarat, the first assembly election being held after the GST was rolled out on July 1, should be seen as a referendum on the way it had been implemented.
The opposition has been accusing the government of flawed implementation of GST. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has consistently raked up the issue in his campaign in Gujarat, referring to it as “Gabbar Singh Tax.” (MR, Inputs: Agencies).