Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan who has roped in by the government to promote Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is set to be implemented from July 1. Well, the actor is being dragged into a new controversy.
As the Senior Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam today urged Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan to withdraw from the GST campaign to avoid getting targeted by traders later.
“GST – An initiative to create a unified national market,” the finance ministry said in a tweet, attaching the video.
“The GST was a brilliant idea thought of by the Congress. It is another story that the BJP opposed it all the while it was in the opposition. But after coming to power, it started diluting the basic concepts of the GST, and that was not acceptable to us,” Nirupam told reporters here.
It has become very complicated now. Traders and service providers are required to fill three long forms every month. Thus, the basic purpose of the GST is defeated. This is unlike the way the GST has been implemented in other countries,” he said.
“Some people are creating a confusion that we are opposing the same GST that we passed. But this is not true. We have always been for the GST but not in this format.
“We tried for three years to get our reservations noticed by the government but they (the BJP) then started maligning us so we had to pass it,” Nirupam said.
“That is why I am suggesting Amitabh Bachchan should not be a party to every foolishness of the BJP. You (Bachchan) are a known person and have a wonderful reputation which may get maligned if there is a backlash from traders,” he said.
The politician also tweeted and went on TV to say that he felt Big B should not be a part of Bhartiya Janata Party’s “stupidity”.
— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) June 20, 2017
In response, Bachchan said how he only did it because he was asked to do it. He tweeted twice with the same tweet on the subject with the caption: “T 2460 [email protected]_india .. a campaign to explain GST .. I was asked, I did it ..”
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) June 19, 2017