Don’t Pay GST Till Demands Are Met, PM’s Brother Advises Traders to Launch Agitation

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brother Prahlad Modi is vice-president of All-India Fair Price Shop Association. — Internet photo

Be it Narendra Modi or anyone else, they have to listen to you,  said Prahlad Modi while addressing traders

Team Clarion

THANE — Prahlad Modi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s brother, on Friday, asked traders here not to pay GST till their demands are met by authorities and advised them to launch an agitation over the issue to convey their message to the Maharashtra government and the Centre, reports PTI.

Prahlad Modi, vice-president of All-India Fair Price Shop Association, addressing a gathering of traders in Thane said the agitation should be such that “Uddhav (Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray) and Narendra (Modi) will come to your doorstep,” according to the report.

He exhorted traders to use their democratic right to protest to get fulfilled their demands as, he said, we are in a democracy and not in anybody’s ghulami.

“Be it Narendra Modi or anyone else, they have to listen to you. Today I am telling you this, first write to the Maharashtra government that we will not pay GST till you listen to us. We are in ”lokshahi” (democracy)… not in ghulami (under subjugation),” news agency quoted him as saying.

Prahlad Modi, who said he represented 6.50 lakh fair price shop owners across the country, asked traders not to pay GST (Goods and Services Tax) till various demands raised by them are accepted by authorities.

Traders adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant lockdown met Prahlad Modi for the resolution of their demands.

Various traders from Ulhasnagar and Ambernath told Prahlad Modi that cases lodged against them for COVID-19 norm violations should be withdrawn, as the sector was reeling under an economic crisis, with e-commerce platforms adding to the problems.

They also urged him to help in reviving jeans washing units in the two townships located on Mumbai’s outskirts, according to the report.

 

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