press trust of india
New Delhi, 5 January
Narendra Modi today promised to reform the taxation system in the country, saying it has become a burden on the common man and the need of the hour is to change it.
“The present taxation system is a burden on common man. It leads to bureaucratic control. The need of the hour is to look into it afresh and bring reforms. Our party is already working on it… My party leaders and experts have recently met and considered the issue for over three hours. Some problems may appear in the first sight but we will have a look at it and find new solutions,” Mr Modi said at an event organised by yoga guru Ramdev, who had demanded abolition of all kinds of taxes and pitched for a single ‘Banking Transaction Tax’ if the BJP leader becomes Prime Minister.
The BJP Prime Ministerial candidate’s remarks assume significance as the party has been talking about abolition of taxes in its internal meetings in the past as well. Former BJP president Nitin Gadkari had last month said that he was contemplating incorporating a proposal to abolish income, sales and excise taxes in the vision document of his party. Mr Gadkari is heading the team that is preparing the vision document for the elections.
Mr Modi chose to ignore Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s sharp attack on him on Friday in which he was accused of “presiding over mass massacre of innocent citizens on streets of Ahmedabad” in 2002.
At the event organised by Baba Ramdev, he hardly touched on Mr Singh’s onslaught against him except for a tangential reference to allegations levelled against him. “When these days people level baseless allegations at me, I look back (at my life) and think how great this country is and how great its people are who have lifted a ‘chaiwala’ (tea-seller) on their shoulders… There is no place for disappointment for a man who has lived this life,” Mr Modi said.