Bihar deputy chief minister cum finance minister Sushil Kumar Modi, on Saturday, came out strongly in defence of the Narendra Modi government’s much debated decisions to de-monetise high denomination currency notes, last October, and to introduce goods and services tax (GST) across the country with effect from July 1.
Addressing the participants on the concluding day of the BJP’s two-day state executive committee meeting, at Ramdeo Mahato community hall in Patna City , Modi said demonetization ensured that black money entered the banking system and put to use for the country’s benefit.
Similarly, the GST, despite some initial hiccups, was set to prove itself to be the best tax reform of the country since Independence, one that would benefit both, the government and the tax payer, to the maximum extent.
Modi, head of the Group of Ministers for tackling IT-related glitches in GST network, referred to the steps taken on Friday by the GST council and said they had taken care of many of the problems faced by traders and other businessmen.
“About 65 % of businessmen have gained from these measures,” he stated.”When we start something new some problems are bound to crop up initially. But we are taking care of them”, Modi added.
Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai said that for the benefit of the weaker sections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the income limit for reaching the creamy layer from 6 lakh to 8 lakh. “Despite hindrance from the Congress and the RJD, we are moving many reforms for the benefit of the weaker sections”, he added.
He expressed happiness that the Prime Minister would visit Bihar on October 14 to attend the centenary year celebration function of Patna university.
Rai was were concerned about the spiral of murder of BJP and RSS leaders in Kerala. He said hundreds of BJP workers led by the president of state BJP youth wing Nitin Navin, had left for Kerala to attend the party’s ongoing ‘padyatra’ in protest against the murders.
He said in Patna too, a padyatra would be taken out on October 16 to express solidarity with the next of kin of murdered BJP and RSS leaders and with the participants in its programme in Kerala.
Road construction minster Nand Kishore Yadav thanked to all BJP leaders and workers who attended two-day executive meeting in Patna City.
In his concluding address, BJP senior leader Saudan Singh appealed to all to work for the victory of the party in the 2019 general election. .
Union ministers Giriraj Singh, Radha Mohan Singh, R K Singh, Ashwani Choubey and Ramkirpal Yadav also addressed the meeting, as did former Bihar minister Renu Devi.