But Mr Dhurve said, "I am myself unable to understand GST, so I will not speak on it," adding, "Big CAs (chartered accountants) are unable to understand it, traders are unable to understand it. It's about understanding it. Once you do, you will like it."
The BJP might not appreciate the candour, which comes as the party's government at the Centre is under attack from opposition parties for what they allege is poor timing and hurried and unwieldy implementation of the GST, launched on July 1 this year.
Opposition leaders like Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal Chief MinisterMamata Banerjee have assigned the new national tax monikers like "Gabbar Singh Tax" and the "Great Selfish Tax," as they accuse the BJP-led government of hitting traders with complicated filing systems and unclear, multi-rate rules that are still being tweaked.
Assembly elections will also be held in a few months in Madhya Pradesh, where Mr Dhurve, who is Food and Civil Supplies, and his colleagues will be called upon to defend GST against chief rival Congress. In Gujarat, Rahul Gandhi has designed his aggressive election campaign around an attack over demonetisation and the notes ban, blaming the reforms for a slowdown in economic growth.
The government has defended it policies as key structural reforms that will deliver massive benefits for the economy in the long run.
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