“It’s the Kanoon”: Angry Nirmala Sitharaman loses her cool over complaints about GST

“I know that from your experience you are telling about the problem with GST. But we can’t suddenly call it nonsense,” Nirmala Sitharaman said.


Pune| Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday appeared to lose her cool during an event in Pune when a person complained about the GST. Snapping at the delegate, she said that GST might have flaws but it cannot be damned like this. She sought help from tax experts to reform the law rather than cursing it. Nirmala Sitharaman said that GST can cause some problems, but now it is the law of the country.

Nirmala Sitharaman was in Pune on Friday to campaign for the Devendra Fadnavis led-BJP ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly Elections. Here she also attended an event to interact with the traders, chartered accountants and entrepreneurs who expressed their concerns over GST.

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One of the delegates said, “We know with GST you want to increase ease of doing business, decrease the complexity of the law, reduce corruption, litigation and smooth administration; and increasing the revenue.” However, he said that there were “real problem makers” in the current GST. He also said that he has five suggestions to correct it but the officers did not take it in the “right perspective”.

He further said as the government is not addressing the real problem-makers, the stakeholders are cursing the government. That is when Nirmala Sitharaman lost her cool. She said that after a long time, Parliament and state assemblies have come together to make a law. “I know that from your experience you are telling about the problem. But we can’t suddenly call it nonsense,” she said.

Sitharaman said that GST has been implemented only for two years, but she wanted the changes to be satisfactory from day one. She also sought solutions from the tax industry to people.

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