India: Rahul Gandhi promises 33% job reservation for women, GST reforms if UPA wins LS polls

  • Congress president Rahul Gandhi on 13 Mar 19 promised 33% reservation of government jobs for women and reforms in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) if the party-led UPA wins the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
  • Launching the UPA’s campaign in Tamil Nadu during a hectic day-long visit to the southern state, Gandhi also asserted law must not be applied selectively and that if his brother-in-law Robert Vadra can be probed for any alleged irregularities so can Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the Rafale jet deal.
  • Observing there were not many women in leadership positions, Gandhi said if his party comes to power it will reserve 33% of all government jobs at the national level for women.
  • Exuding confidence that a Congress-led Opposition would emerge victorious in the Lok Sabha polls, Gandhi promised initiatives such as reforms in the goods and services tax (GST), encompassing its simplest form, and a “phenomenal and revolutionary idea” of a minimum income guarantee scheme.

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