New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday chided Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for taking credit for the rollback of Employees Provident Fund tax on EPF withdrawal.
On Tuesday, Jaitely had announced government's decision to withdraw proposal to bring EPF under tax rule to which the Gandhi scion had claimed that it was actually 'his' pressure that made the government take this decision.
"My pressure worked... I had warned the government against suppressing salaried class. I felt middle-class people were being hurt by the government, so I decided to put some pressure. Happy that they have got some relief," Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday.
Dismissing Rahul's 'pressure' claim, Jaitley told TOI on Tuesday that Opposition did nothing to create a social safety net for the people when they were in power.
Parliamentary Affair Minister Venkaiah Naidu too snubbed Rahul's statement over EPF Tax rollback and said, "Rahul can take credit for the passage of Good Service Tax (GST) and other bills too if he allows the Parliament to function properly and help the government in the passage of the bills."
"Rahul is hurting the poor by blocking important legislations in Parliament. These are not the bills of BJP but the country," the minister added further.