PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi square off on GST, state of the economy

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The government and the main opposition squared off over the Goods and Services Tax on Thursday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailing it as consumer-friendly and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi blaming it for unleashing “a tsunami of tax terrorism”.

India’s new indirect tax regime has emerged as a big election issue in Gujarat, with the main opposition party seeking to tap into the BJP’s traditional vote bank among traders and small businessmen by playing on their apprehensions about the ambitious tax reform that was rolled out to some teething problems in July. The Congress has made the NDA government’s handling of the economy its main poll plank, in a bid to end the BJP’s 22-year reign in the state.

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