Tweeps in India are not happy. On the first anniversary of the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in India, online users discussed the “disruptive” move on social media and how it has not helped the common man.
The hashtag #FailedGST was trending with 17,000 tweets. People also used the phrase ‘One Year of GST’ in their posts which had over 9,000 tweets.
On the opposite end, Prime Minister Narendra Modi @narendramodi tweeted to mark one year of GST: “Growth, Simplicity and Transparency.” It was retweeted 2,000 times.
Congress supporters were especially vocal against GST, @KoomarShah tweeted: “Small manufacturers unhappy. Small traders unhappy. Small retailers unhappy. Small business men unhappy. Small entrepreneurs unhappy. Small risk takers unhappy…”
@RanjanaINC, a Congress party volunteer said: “What was meant to be a unifying simple tax structure, has been muddled by the BJP into a complex five slab structure with a cap of 28% – as opposed to the 18% UPA had first suggested. #FailedGST”
In a Gulf News article published in July 2017, former UN under secretary general and Indian Member of Parliament, Shashi Tharoor called the GST “messy and disruptive”.
When the tax was launched last year, the opposition boycotted the session, anticipating the problems this new tax would mean for the common man. While the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) was criticised on twitter for not delivering any significant results, Modi supporters were quick to come to the Prime Minister’s rescue.
The Minister of Railways and Coal, Piyush Goyal tweeted from his official handle and said: “One Year of GST has brought transformative reform in the lives of our people: Ease of doing business, opportunities for SMEs, formalisation, relief for consumer’s #GSTforNewIndia.”
One Year of GST has brought transformative reform in the lives of our people :
Ease of Doing Business
Opportunities for SMEs
Relief for consumers#GSTforNewIndia pic.twitter.com/ZpUwe2w0i9— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 1, 2018