The Congress on Saturday hit back at finance minister Arun Jaitley for his remarks that the Opposition party was “anti-growth”, saying the BJP had obstructed the goods and services tax (GST) bill for six years and also tried to pull down the UPA government on the nuclear deal and the FDI in retail issues.
In an exclusive interview to HT on Friday, Jaitley had slammed the Congress, saying it had positioned itself “against development and growth” by opposing reform measures such as the GST bill.
“If we ask for a proper response to agrarian crisis, is that an obstruction? Can there be growth and equity by keeping farmers out of the frame in India? Is there any doubt about the rural distress aggravating under the Modi government? Is that a result of Congress obstruction?” party spokesman Tom Vadakkan said.
“Who obstructed GST for six years? BJP even tried to pull down our government on nuclear deal as well as FDI in retail. The FM should clearly state what will happen to FDI in retail. Why this duplicity?”
Attacking the BJP-led government, Vadakkan said it had failed to fulfil its poll promise of creating 20 crore jobs in five years and even slashed funds for MNREGA.