BJP welcomed the roll back of the proposal to tax EPF withdrawal and took a jibe at Congress after some of its leaders sought to take credit for the government’s rethink, saying it can claim credit for the passage of GST and other bills if it agrees to help the treasury benches.
“BJP welcomes the (government’s) decision to withdraw the proposal. The budget was hailed across the country for its focus on the common man, poor and farmers but a section was upset with the move to tax EPF. Its withdrawal is a good step,” party National Secretary Shrikant Sharma said.
He also attacked Congress as many party leaders credited vice president Rahul Gandhi’s protests against the move for the government’s decision.
“Congress and Rahul Gandhi can take credit for all decisions. He can take credit for the passage of GST and other bills if he lets Parliament function and helps the government in the passage of bills. These are not the bills of BJP but of the country,” he said.
Sharma also asked Rahul to practise constructive and not destructive politics.
On Tuesday, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said that it was because of his pressure that the ruling dispensation provided relief to the salaried class.
Backing Rahul’s claims, Congress even started trending the hashtag #RGforcesEPFtaxWapsi
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday announced relief on the issue of tax on EPF withdrawals, which was proposed in the Union Budget on February 29, 2016.