Congress MP Rahul Gandhi unveiled a new financial model aimed at rejuvenating small and medium businesses and industries, with a particular emphasis on uplifting backward classes, Dalits, Adivasis, and the impoverished.
Rahul Gandhi Unveils Financial Model to Revive Small Businesses
Speaking during his Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra in Jharkhand, Gandhi criticized the current state of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), asserting that it, along with demonetization, had severely impacted smaller enterprises nationwide.
Addressing reporters on the 24th day of his journey in Gumla, Jharkhand, Gandhi assured that discussions regarding seat-sharing within the INDIA bloc were underway and would be resolved imminently, highlighting Nitish Kumar’s departure as an exception. Responding to queries about abolishing the 50% cap on reservations, he branded it as artificial and unfair, pledging its removal while safeguarding the reservation rights of Dalits and Adivasis. Gandhi hinted at extending reservations to economically weaker sections from the general category, affirming their inclusion and benefits.
Renewing his vow to conduct a caste census nationwide, Gandhi revealed discussions with Telangana’s Chief Minister, who expressed readiness to commence the survey in his state. He urged the Prime Minister to release a caste survey report conducted during the Congress-led UPA government, emphasizing its significance.
Gandhi lamented the detrimental effects of demonetization and the current GST structure on small and medium industries, promising a revamped financial plan to prioritize marginalized communities. While acknowledging the irreversible impact of demonetization, he affirmed plans to revise the GST framework.
Addressing the political landscape in Jharkhand, Gandhi criticized the alleged misuse of agencies like the ED, CBI, and Income Tax to target opposition leaders. He credited the coalition’s resilience in thwarting attempts to destabilize the existing government. Gandhi decried the alleged misuse of institutions such as the Election Commission, investigative agencies, bureaucracy, and police against opposition parties and leaders.
Gandhi’s announcement underscores the Congress’s commitment to economic reforms and social justice, amidst ongoing political turbulence and institutional challenges nationwide.