Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today criticised the government for imposing excise duty on non-silver jewellery describing the move as an “assassination attempt” on small businessmen.
Rahul Gandhi, who joined the protesting jewellers at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, said the Centre’s decision will crush small businessmen in the country.
“We would stand with you for your cause. I am not here to make speeches. I feel your pain, I stand with you. It’s not your fight alone, it’s ours too. Me and the Congress party stand with you,” he said.
Jewellers have been on nationwide protests for more than a month now against the government’s budgetary proposal to impose one per cent excise duty on non-silver jewellery and making PAN cards mandatory for any transactions of Rs 2 lakh and above.
The Congress leader also took pot-shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Make In India scheme, saying it would benefit only “a few big industrialists” and not the aam aadmi.
“The idea of Make In India is to throttle small businesses through excise. It is not excise duty, it is an attempt to crush small businesses. It will only benefit a few big businessmen,” Rahul Gandhi said.