Congress to put pressure on Centre to remove tax on EPF: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that his party will put pressure on Centre to take back their decision of taxing Employee Provident Fund (EFP). 

Updated: Mar 05, 2016, 15:14 PM IST
Congress to put pressure on Centre to remove tax on EPF: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that his party will put pressure on Centre to take back their decision of taxing Employee Provident Fund (EFP). 

The Gandhi scion, who on a two-day visit of the state, was addressing a gathering after a padyatra. He also attacked Centre on several issues ranging from black money to price rise. 

On Friday, Gandhi used the MGNREGA card to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that there was a difference in his own government about the welfare scheme launched by the former UPA regime.

He said Prime Minister Modi criticizes the MGNREGA, saying it was a big mistake on the part of the Congress, while his own Finance Minister Arun Jaitley praises the scheme and promises of investing more to develop it.

Addressing a rally here in Assam, he said, "In 2014, Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister. And in the Parliament, he said that MGNREGA is worst ever scheme possible. He said that he will not bring an end to it but would continue with it so that the whole nation knows what big mistake the Congress Party had committed by implementing this scheme."

Gandhi said that the Modi Government only makes false promises, but when it comes to show their work, it comes out with some 'fair and lovely' scheme.

The Congress vice-president also said that if the country wants to bring about change in Indian politics then it must strengthen hands of leaders in the Panchayat.

"The 73rd and the 74th amendment of the Indian Constitution transferred the power from the hands of MPs and MLAs to the leaders in the Panchayats. We want that more and more of the Panchayat leaders should come to the Vidhan Sabha and the Lok Sabha and the government carries most of the functions through them only," he said.

The Congress vice-president, who is presently on a two-day visit to the state, had earlier last month addressed four rallies in northern and upper Assam.

Gandhi's visit assumes significance as Assam votes in two phases on April 4 and 11 to elect a new government.