Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Tuesday said that the Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation will prove to be a milestone for India's economy and accused the opposition of spreading canards on the two issues.
He also claimed that the country had moved towards a "united India" under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The united India includes Pakistan and Bangladesh. India is not complete without Pakistan," he remarked.
"Under the Prime Minister's leadership India is moving towards economic revolution. The (November 8) demonetisation and GST will prove a milestone in the history of Indian economy," Das told the media here.
"Opposition parties are spreading canards regarding the GST and demonetisation. As many as Rs 57,000 crore have been saved by the Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme. The role of middlemen has ended, a fact not not digested by opposition parties, including the Congress," the Chief Minister said.
He said the people were supportive of the Modi government on the two issues and Uttar Pradesh assembly election victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party was an indication of public support for demonetisation.
The Jharkhand BJP will hold three-day programme in all districts of Jharkhand to create awareness among people regarding the benefits of GST and demonetisation from November 6.
About the Centre's request to the state government to reduce Value Added Tax on petrol and diesel, Das said: "We have not given a thought to the issue. We will take a decision by taking state economy into account."
As for the opposition rally on Tuesday to oust the BJP in Jharkhand, he said: "opposition parties have no leadership, either in the state or at the central level. The opposition parties have restricted themselves to holding press conferences and such rallies to remain in the media limelight. The people have rejected these opposition parties."