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Posted at: Sep 21, 2019, 9:46 AM; last updated: Sep 21, 2019, 3:11 PM (IST)

Rich will benefit, poor left to fend for themselves: Sibal

Rich will benefit, poor left to fend for themselves: Sibal
Kapil Sibal. File photo

New Delhi, September 21

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Saturday targeted the government over its move to cut corporate tax, alleging that the rich would benefit while the poor would be left to fend for themselves.

The government on Friday slashed corporate tax rates for companies by almost 10 percentage points to 25.17 per cent and offered a lower rate to 17.01 per cent for new manufacturing firms to boost economic growth rate from a six-year low by incentivising investments to help create jobs.

“Howdy Modi. Corporate Diwali. India foregoes 1.45 lakh cr revenue. Need Diwali for needy folk!” Sibal said in a tweet.

“Extra money in corporate hands will not boost demand. Need extra money in hands of rural India to spur consumption. The rich will benefit. The poor left to fend for themselves,” he said.

The Congress on Friday had termed the corporate tax cut a “panic reaction” by the government and linked it to the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, with Rahul Gandhi saying he is amazed at what Narendra Modi could do for a “stock market bump” before the diaspora programme. PTI

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