Congress up in arms against Big B for promoting GST

New Delhi: Maharashtra Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam has given a controversial remark against the legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. The politician went on to say that Amitabh Bachchan should not go ahead with his idea of promoting GST as it is a half-cooked concept. 

GST, he reasoned, will be creating big hurdles for the traders and Bachchan should therefore not get swayed by all BJP says or does.  

The government has roped in Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan to promote Goods and Services Tax (GST), ahead of the sweeping tax reforms implementation scheduled from July 1.

The Central Board of Excise and Customs will be making the 74-year-old Bachchan brand ambassador for GST. A 40-second video featuring him has already been shot and is being circulated. '"GST - An initiative to create a unified national market," the finance ministry said in a tweet, attaching the video.

In the video, Bachchan explains GST as a unifying force just like the three colors in the national flag. GST is an initiative to create 'one nation, one tax, one market', he said.

The megastar has been roped in just as the roll out of the biggest tax overhaul since independence entered its final phase. Ace badminton star PV Sindhu was previously the GST ambassador.

GST will simplify a web of taxes, regulations and border levies by subsuming an array of central and state levies including excise duty, service tax and VAT. It is being dubbed as the most significant economic reform since BJP government came to power in 2014 and is expected to add as much as 2 percentage points to the GDP growth rate.